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CAB APPROVAL OF HAITI AIR TRANSPORT ROUTES

March 29, 1974, 5:05 p.m.

1. EMB HAS RECEIVED FIRST PERSON NOTE FROM SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REQUESTING THAT, IN VIEW OF THE CAB RECOMMENDATION THAT THE PETITION OF HAITI AIR TRANSPORT FOR THE PORT-AU-PRINCE TO SAN JUAN, MIAMI AND NEW YORK ROUTES BE GRANTED, THE NECESSARY STEPS BE TAKEN TO OBTAIN THE PPROVAL OF PRESIDENT NIXON. 2. IN VIEW OF REPORT THAT THERE IS OPPOSITION WITH HAITI (REF A) TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HAITIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE, THE EMBASSY REVIEWED THE SITUATION WITH THE HAITIAN SECRETARY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. HE CONFIRMED THAT, ALTHOUGH HE IS OPPOSING THE IMMEDIATE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE FOR ECONOMIC REASONS, IT IS NONETHELESS THE POLICY OF THE GOH, INCLUDING HIMSELF AND HIS DEPARTMENT, TO OBTAIN U.S. APPROVAL, EVEN THOUGH INITIATION OF THE FLIGHTS MIGHT HAVE TO BE DELAYED. 3. EMBASSY CONCURS WITH HIS JUDGMENT AND RECOMMENDS THAT DEPARTMENT TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO SUPPORT THE HAITIAN REQUEST. ISHAM CONFIDENTIAL NNN