824.77/314: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Bolivia (Jenkins)

37. Your no. 77, September 30, 4 p.m.29 The Department now perceives no objection to the Foreign Minister’s giving some short announcement to the press on this matter. The Department will release the following statement to the press on the morning of October 4. “At the request of the Bolivian Government, the Department of State has arranged for a survey of the cost and feasibility of completing the railway in Bolivia between Vila Vila and Santa Cruz. [Page 551] Captain Le Roy Bartlett and Lieutenant Irving M. Parry, Engineer Corps, United States Army, are shortly to leave for Bolivia to undertake this survey.” It is believed that any statement made by the Foreign Minister should be in conformity with the foregoing and that no mention should be made of the Export-Import Bank or of possible financing.

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