The Minister in Bolivia (Cottrell) to the Secretary of State

No. 1010

Sir: Referring to my strictly confidential despatch dated January 2, 19268 and the Department’s instruction No. 220 dated February 11, 1926, as to the Bolivian Government having suppressed the clause which had been inserted in certain decrees granting oil concessions and which discriminated against American interests, I have the honor [Page 568] to report that after my first conversation with the Minister of Foreign Relations and Worship, Dr. Diez de Medina, upon which I based my despatch of January 2, 1926, I again talked to him about this matter, and he reassured me that such a clause would not again appear in decrees granting oil concessions …

I consider the statement of the Minister of Foreign Relations as a definite and official assurance, and as evidence of this various concessions have since been granted to persons … without this clause and all have since approached local officials of the Standard Oil Company in La Paz with propositions that the company purchase their concessions.

I have [etc.]

Jesse S. Cottrell
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