611.2531/363: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile ( Bowers )

126. Your 161, September 25, 1 p.m. Basis for a protocol suspending certain features of “standard” article in the event of Chilean inability to comply fully therewith at time of negotiations, will be found in memorandum of conversation with Gazitua of September 9,19 enclosed with instruction no. 2 of September 15.20

Point 2 of that basis would refer probably to Chilean inability to supply exchange without delay for all imports from the United States, if it were found impossible to use quotas as the sole means of controlling imports.

A definite answer cannot be given on point 4 at present, as this will naturally depend on the outlook at the time of negotiations, but you may assure the Chileans in strict confidence that we are disposed to take fully and sympathetically into account their economic position at that time.

Other points would not seem to require comment.

  1. Not found in Department files.
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