835.796/156: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina (Armour)

510. Your 793, August 5, 10 a.m.38 If you are satisfied the report is true that the YPF is actually furnishing gasoline to Lati, you may inform the Argentine Government that there is a serious shortage of tankers, that a plan is being formulated whereby the burden of this shortage will be equitably distributed among all the American republics, that the American oil companies are cooperating fully in not supplying Axis airlines and that any continuation of YPF’s supplying gasoline to Lati will be regarded unfavorably by those who are to administer the new plan. It would clearly be contrary to the policy of the American and British Governments to facilitate Axis bunkering in this Hemisphere.

Repeat to Rio.

Please keep the Department currently informed by telegraph.

  1. Not printed; it contained report that Lati plane arrived in Buenos Aires and returned to Brazil after being refueled by YPF.