824.50/19: Telegram

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

255. For the Under Secretary. Referring to my telegram No. 238 of September 11, 11 a.m., and Department’s reply 165, September 13, 8 p.m., Dr. Ostria Gutiérrez continues to be very much concerned over the delay in appointment of technical experts for economic collaboration and has asked me to send you a personal telegram of which the following is the English translation:

“The sincere friendship which I had the honor and privilege of cultivating with Your Excellency during the Panama Conference of Foreign Ministers71 as well as the knowledge of your sentiments of affection toward Bolivia, of which Your Excellency has given such unquestionable indications from your high official position, moves me to send you this message of a personal character for the purpose of asking you to intercede with your Government to the end that the economic cooperation which the Department of State of the United States has promised officially to Bolivia in the memorandum dated August 1, 1941, may be made concrete as soon as possible going from the stage of simple promises to that of effective reality in order that the national reconstruction of my country may be begun, a contribution being made at the same time to the greater bonds of friendship between our two peoples united already by reciprocal interests and by a common ideal of American solidarity. I take advantage of this opportunity to reiterate to Your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration and decided friendship.”

  1. September 23–October 3, 1939; see Foreign Relations, 1939, vol. v, pp. 15 ff.