822.796/289: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Ecuador ( Long )

6. Your despatch 1488, December 27.36 The Priorities Board40 approved on January 7, 1941, the application of Panagra for two DC–3 airplanes which will release an additional DC–2 for use in Ecuador and a third DC–2 for emergency purposes or for a shuttle service between Quito and Guayaquil, should this later become necessary. The Department is assisting Panagra in obtaining the DC–3 planes as rapidly as possible in order that the additional DC–2 for Ecuador will be available promptly, and will telegraph when the delivery dates are known.

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Your 5, January 7, 3 p.m. If you perceive no objection thereto, please point out strongly to the Ecuadoran Government that the entering into any further contracts or agreements with Sedta is considered by this Government to be contrary to the understanding between the two Governments for the elimination of Sedta. The Department is likewise pointing out to Alfaro41 the seeming inconsistency of the Ecuadoran Government’s entering into further agreements with Sedta in the face of assurances to eliminate that company.

  1. Not printed.
  2. The Priorities Board was an agency of the Council of National Defense. Its authority was revoked on January 7, 1941, and its function turned over to the Office for Emergency Management.
  3. Colón Eloy Alfaro, Ecuadoran Ambassador.