892.6363/70: Telegram

The Chargé in Siam (Chapman) to the Secretary of State

14. Department’s 11, June 17th. Substance section 2 orally communicated to Foreign Minister June 22. The Foreign Minister said lie was without specific knowledge of intentions Ministry of Defense as regards the marketing of oil although he believed that products of the projected oil refinery might be sold in the open market but explicitly denied intention to institute oil monopoly. He volunteered the information that he knew nothing about a projected oil control law. A week earlier the British Chargé d’Affaires made representations in accordance with instructions from the Foreign Office and received similar denials. My British colleague joins me in the belief that Siamese legislative action prejudicial to the oil interests in the near future seems improbable and that in the absence of material evidence of such action that may be divulged to the Siamese Government nothing is to be gained by further representations at this time.

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