ECUADOR: Tortoises & Air Bases

As softly as the flup-flupping of galápagos (tortoises) on the black island rocks, discussions began between the U.S. and Ecuadoran Governments. Subject: permanent, jointly operated air bases in the Galápagos Islands. In return for the use of the airfields and naval installations,* Ecuador would get $15,000,000 in U.S. loans for sanitary and road improvements. In Washington, Ecuador's jaunty Ambassador Galo Plaza explained that his Government fully realized the value of the bases in the defense of the Canal. He thought that the talks might lead to a treaty. Of course, the treaty...

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