651.116 Nitrate/40: Telegram

The Chargé in France ( Shaw ) to the Secretary of State

802. Embassy’s 785, November 23, 5 p.m. On yesterday afternoon the representatives of the American and Chilean nitrate interests informed the Minister of Agriculture that they declined to pay contribution, whereupon they were told by him that they would receive no import licenses. The Embassy has confirmed at the Foreign Office that the above is the attitude of the Ministry of Agriculture. Although not present at the meeting, it is reported that the Norwegians understand that they also are to receive no licenses. The Embassy is still working informally upon the matter.