811.20 Defense (M) Bolivia/346: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Bolivia (Boal)

591. Your 723, August 24, 1 a.m., and 720, August 22, noon.34 The Department has expressed its concern to the Bolivian Ambassador with respect to the possibility that the rubber agreement may be subjected to modification or delay in its application by reference to the Bolivian Congress. The Bolivian Ambassador was informed that, while this Government did not wish to presume to make suggestions concerning purely domestic Bolivian procedure for endorsement of the agreement, there was no indication at the time of the negotiation of the agreement that anything further than the signature of the representatives of the two Governments was needed to make it effective. It was emphasized to the Ambassador that this Government attributes especial importance to the prompt application of the rubber agreement not only as a means of obtaining a vital strategic material but as an integral part of the program of cooperation with Bolivia typifying the reciprocal action necessary for success of the program.

  1. Neither printed.