611.3731/521: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Cuba (Caffery)

51. Your 161, February 17, 3 p.m.

1. For reasons connected with possible general developments here believe it advisable defer discussions regarding possible reciprocal seasonal reductions fruits and vegetables for the moment, holding for later stage in negotiation.

Meanwhile Department completing study of subject.

2. Articles now free of duty under Article I of existing treaty can be guaranteed continued free entry except that this guarantee might be limited in regard to avocados. Concerning the details of this reservation definite instructions will be sent shortly.

3. You may in a tentative fashion discuss concessions sought by Cuba on products other than sugar, submitting Cuban letters of requests to the Department for consideration before taking position on any of them.