825.79635/22: Telegram

The Ambassador in Chile ( Bowers ) to the Secretary of State

690. Referring to the Department’s No. 488, November 25, 9 p.m.; and my telegram No. 659, November 28, 6 p.m.40 West India41 has been asked by Condor to deliver 4,000 litres of gasoline. West India officials state have not yet been instructed by their principals to completely cut off Condor’s gasoline supply. As Panagra is now operating a daily Santiago–Buenos Aires service it would appear desirable that Condor be forced to suspend operations upon exhaustion of its present stock of fuel. I understand this stock here is approximately 2200 litres. Therefore, I would suggest that the Department immediately direct me or West India’s principals in the United States to instruct West India here to deliver no more gasoline to Condor. Unless so instructed West India probably will deliver 2000 litres to Condor on Saturday in accordance with its present instructions to hold deliveries down to approximately a week’s supply.

  1. Latter not printed.
  2. West India Oil Co., a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey.