800.8836/958a: Airgram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Cuba (Braden)

A–113. The normal imports of newsprint for Cuba have been approximately 1300 tons per month for all purposes, 300 tons of which have been used as wrapping paper. Due to the critical shipping situation, it is proposed that 700 tons be shipped monthly, which represents a 30 per cent reduction from normal imports for newspapers and magazines. The Department requests the Embassy to urge a curtailment in the number of editions and size of newspapers by 30 per cent. The Embassy’s comments are requested.