INTER AMERICAN DEFENSE BOARD RESOLUTION XIV, Naval and Air Bases. WHEREAS: A. The American Republics, in the interests of common security, have cooperated in the establishment and use of naval and air bases in the Hemisphere during the present war; and B. In view of future uncertainties, now is the time to plan an integrated system of bases to ensure the permanent security of the Western Hemisphere, The Inter-American Defense Board, in its Fiftieth Plenary Session, 14 March 1944, RESOLVES: 1. To record the gratification of the Board for the successful arrangements made by the American Republics for the establishment and use of naval and air bases during the present war. 2. To recommend to the Governments of the American Republics: a That the splendid cooperation that has had such bene- ficial results during the present war, be continued in the post-war period; b That existing naval and air bases that are essential for the permanent security of the Western Hemisphere as a whole be maintained in efficient operating condition and safe- guarded against loss of usefulness, even after the war, by the Governments of the respective countries; c That as circumstances may warrant improvements be made in the present system of bases through cooperative action of the Governments concerned, but always under the supervision and administration of the Government of the country to which the bases belong; d That the American Republics enter into agreements for the reciprocal use of those operational facilities within their territories that are of high strategic importance to hemispheric
hemispheric defense so that common security against possible future aggesssion may be assured; and e That, in view of the uncertainties of the future, an integrated system of bases to guarantee the security of the Hemisphere be planned, such system to be reviewed periodically. 3. To inform the Governments that, after Resolution XII, Study of Hemisphere Air Power, has been carried out, the Board will again return to the study of air operating bases.