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The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Uruguay (Chapin)

77. The Uruguayan Minister71 has inquired whether this Government would intercede in order to assist private manufacturers with whom the Uruguayan Government is now in touch to obtain the necessary equipment to complete the Rio Negro hydroelectric project.

Without approaching any government authorities please endeavor to ascertain at once the precise size and number of such generators and turbines and any other description which you can obtain of the other equipment desired. In addition it is essential that we know the approximate date on which the Uruguayan Government would require delivery of this equipment.

For your information the Department’s present view is that it will only interest itself in securing the required priorities and export licenses provided the completion of the project is entrusted to American engineers.

Please telegraph reply.

  1. José Richling.