811.24532/2–2146: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Brazil ( Daniels )

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303. War Dept has requested State to undertake at an early date further negotiations with Braz authorities with a view to establishing the Joint Technical Commission provided for in Strategic Base Agreement, or some other agency mutually agreeable to both Govts, so that plans may be prepared and submitted to respective Govts for approval pertaining to details of joint operation and use of these bases in accordance with terms of Agreement.

For your confidential information, it is essential that War Dept, because of current demobilization of Army and limitations expected on availability of public funds, reduce its personnel in Brazil to a minimum and curtail its expenditure of funds for maintenance and operation of these bases at earliest possible date.

Dept is thoroughly in accord with these objectives and you are instructed, if you perceive no objection, to approach Brazilian Govt immediately with a view to implementing Strategic Base Agreement through prompt establishment of Joint Technical Commission.

Byrnes