811.20 Defense (M) Argentina/332

The American Ambassador in Argentina (Armour) to the Argentine Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ruiz Guiñazú)19

No. 749

Excellency: With reference to the communication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of April 28, 1942,20 relative to the contract concluded between the Metals Reserve Company and the Sociedad Anónima Comercial e Industrial Berilo Argentina, dated March 4, 1942 and according to clause 4 of special conditions of that contract to become effective upon the execution of the proposed overall agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Argentine Government for the purchase by the United States Government (or agencies thereof) of certain Argentine products, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Metals Reserve Company, an agency of the United States Government is now prepared to waive the clause mentioned and in lieu thereof to make the contract effective contingent upon the Argentine Government granting export licenses for export to the United States of the stocks of beryl [Page 315] ore now accumulated in Argentina, and further agreeing to grant licenses for a minimum of 100 tons of beryl ore monthly out of current production and for any quantity produced in excess of that figure after requirements of Sociedad Anónima Comercial e Industrial Berilo Argentina are fulfilled, the total export licenses to be for not less than 1,200 tons annually.

I avail myself [etc.]

Norman Armour
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in Argentina in his despatch No. 6697, September 23; received September 30.
  2. Presumably note quoted in telegram No. 825, May 5, 11 p.m., from the Ambassador in Argentina, p. 313.