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TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 7254
CONTINUED STATIONING OF AMERICAN
Agreement Between the
Supplementing the Agreement of September 6, 1951, as Supplemented
Effected by Exchange of Notes
Continued Stationing of American Forces
at Lajes Base, Azores
Agreement supplementing the agreement of September 6, 1951,["]
The Secretary of State to the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs
December 9, 1971
I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of Your Excellency's note dated December 9, 1971, which reads as follows:
"I have the honor to refer to the letter of the Foreign Minister of Portugal to the Ambassador of the United States of America, dated December 29, 1962, and to the notes of this Ministry and of your Embassy, dated January 6, 1969, and February 3, 1969, [*] respectively, relating to the conversations regarding the continued stationing of American forces and personnel at Lajes Base in the Azores and its use by the same.
"I have the honor to propose that the continued use by American forces of the facilities at Lajes Base be authorized by the Government of Portugal for a period of five years dating from February 3, 1969. . The continued use of such facilities will be regulated by the mutual arrangements affirmed and described in the letter of the Foreign Minister of Portugal dated December 29, 1962. Either party may propose the commencement of conversations regarding use of such facilities beyond the period described in this note six months before the expiration of such period, but no determination that a negative result has arisen in such conversations shall be made for at least six months fol
* Not printed.
lowing the expiration of such period. In the event neither party proposes the commencement of further conversations, a negative result shall be deemed to have arisen upon the expiration of the period described in this note.
“I should like to propose that, if agreeable to your Government, this note, together with your reply, shall constitute an agreement between our two Governments."
I confirm to you that the above quoted proposal is acceptable to the Government of the United States, and that Your Excellency's note and this reply shall be regarded as constituting a formal agreement between the two Governments. Accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
WILLIAM P ROGERS Secretary of State of the United States of America