811.20 Defense (M) Bolivia/4: Telegram

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

175. Your 258 of September 20. Metals Reserve agrees that Banco Minero is to be free to export lead concentrates to the Argentine up to 400 tons monthly.

The Department is insistent that the exportation of tin be prohibited by the Supreme Decree, except to the United States, United Kingdom, and the other American republics having satisfactory systems of export control. If this embargo can be obtained without any commitment on the part of the Metals Reserve to buy the low-grade ores, it would be a most desirable solution. If you are unable to obtain this result, the matter will be taken up with the Metals Reserve with a recommendation from the Department that the low-grade ores be purchased.

A draft of the proposed antimony contract is being sent to you by air mail.98

  1. This contract was signed on March 18, 1942, by representatives of the Metals Reserve Company, the Banco Minero and Mauricio Hochschild (811.20 Defense (M) Bolivia/112).