561.333D3/81: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Colombia (Braden)

191. From the Under Secretary of State. Your 279, September 18, 11 p.m. You may inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs that at this afternoon’s meeting of the Inter-American Financial and Economic Advisory Committee I shall call upon all the producing countries to cooperate wholeheartedly in seeking a solution of the desperate coffee situation. At the same time I shall, for the first time, express the views of this Government as to what would be a fair and equitable distribution of coffee quotas for the United States market among the various producing countries. From the very beginning the United States has been actively interested and has manifested a sincere desire to cooperate in any practical steps which may be taken with the least possible delay in meeting this grave situation. I earnestly hope that Colombia as well as all the other countries will respond favorably to this appeal. [Welles.]