Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of the American Republics (Collado)20
Negotiations of basic lend-lease agreements have been taken up by the Department with the following countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela.
We have not approached Argentina since the Argentine military list and total amount have not yet been determined. There has been no approach to Panama because it seems doubtful whether any armaments and munitions will be made available to Panama. We have not approached Ecuador and Peru, pending further instructions from the Under Secretary. With respect to Mexico, no amounts have been fixed by the War and Navy Departments, but it is understood that the Under Secretary has taken the matter up in the Liaison Committee [Page 143] and that such amounts will be rapidly set. When this time comes it will be possible to prepare a draft of basic agreement with Mexico for immediate submission to the Mexican Ambassador.
The Dominican Minister is already prepared to sign the text.
- Addressed to the Acting Chief of the Division of the American Republics (Bonsal), the Adviser on Political Relations (Duggan), the Liaison Officer with War and Navy Departments (Wilson), the Assistant Secretary of State (Acheson), and the Under Secretary of State (Welles).↩