811.20 Defense (M) Colombia/88: Telegram

The Ambassador in Colombia (Lane) to the Secretary of State

794. Department’s 678, June 12, 7 p.m. I informed the President today that draft agreement for purchase of Colombian rubber had been received this afternoon (Department’s instruction no. 135, June 9) and that I propose subject to the approval of the President to discuss it tomorrow in detail with the Minister of National Economy.

The President frankly said that while he wishes to cooperate with us in every way in this and other matters in relation to the war, he was not familiar with rubber situation and would therefore prefer that I conduct negotiations with the Minister.