561.333D3/82: Telegram

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

281. For the Under Secretary. Department’s telegram No. 191, September 19. When I delivered your message this morning, the Minister for Foreign Affairs said he had received the quota figures suggested by you which meant 150,000 sack reduction from the New York allotment. He was evidently downcast, therefore I pointed out that the New York allocation of 300,200,000 sacks meant our market absorbing its pre-war high peak amounts of Colombian coffee. Of this he apparently was ignorant and said the reduction under these circumstances was only 50,000 sacks. He noticeably cheered up and expressed deepest thanks for our collaboration.