832.24/1131: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Bowers)

1221. Your 1637, October 6.90 Department is presently engaged in working out methods to make the copper available to Brazil. Our information is to the effect that Brazil still has adequate stocks and that Lend-Lease is shipping War Ministry over 5 million pounds last quarter of this year. Consequently the urgent pressure of the Brazilian War Ministry to obtain copper in Chile does not seem warranted. If the Department is able to have the copper released to Merry del Val Company, it should not be considered a precedent in as much as the Department does not approve of such copper transactions except directly between manufacturers and consumers. Moreover, in the future, Chile should supply Brazil’s needs in accordance with procedures outlined in Department’s telegram no. 1207, October 10, 2 p.m.

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