811.24522/12–745: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Ecuador (Scotten)

710. “Technical stop” in Deptstel 702, December 3, refers to landing of military aircraft for non-traffic purposes such as refueling, maintenance, repairs, etc. Reference to “reciprocal basis” indicates that Ecuadoran military aircraft would have same rights at bases in Continental United States, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands as United States would have at Salinas.

It is not the purpose of this interpretation of “reciprocal basis” to prevent Ecuadoran military aircraft from entering Canal Zone. Such flights could be made after receiving prior authorization from Commanding Officer in Canal Zone, a procedure made necessary by the special security requirements pertaining to that area.