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PROPOSED US LORAN STATION AT CAPE CHRISTIAN, BAFFIN ISLAND
6. Defence Liaison (1): The US Government has asked for Canada's approval for the construction of a Loran Transmitting Station on Cape Christian, Baffin Island, an area which a joint US-Canadian expedition surveyed for this purpose last year. The proposed station will be one of several on Canada's east coast and is intended especially to aid in the air and sea traffic en route to the US base at Thule. The Canadian Government has given approval in principle. The written agreement confirming the arrangements for the tenure, use and construction plans of the stations has yet to be worked out.
The negotiations have been divided into these two phases in order to give the US authorities the opportunity to take advantage of the short period during the summer when ships are able to reach the site and construction work can be carried on. The US Coast Guard will be able this summer to ship building materials to the site, and make the initial preparations for the station. Since we expect to negotiate mutually satisfactory conditions for the tenure and use of the station during the next few months, the USA should then be able to proceed with the erection of the station in 1954.
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