The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Uruguay (Chapin)
97. Your 200, May 20, 6 p.m. The Department has received from the Uruguayan Minister the memoranda of Rione and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In order to consider the matter further this Government will have to ascertain whether it will be possible in connection with our own defense program to make this type of material available to Uruguay, provided that proper agreement with respect to the German interests is reached. In order to do this it is necessary to have exact information, with particular reference to the hydraulic machinery, electrical machinery, electrical implements and power line materials needed. The information transmitted with your despatch no. 939 of May 7 refers only to the weight in tons of the equipment. The Department in addition must have full detailed specifications including the size and capacity of the generators, the number of generators and turbines, and so forth. The voluntary report on the hydroelectric project mailed May 18, 193974 by the Consulate gives certain incomplete technical specifications which may or may not have been changed in the intervening 2 years.
The Department requests that you airmail immediately as full technical specifications as possible, and that you telegraph at once the summary specifications of the principal turbines, generators and other large items required.
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