852.48/1449a: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Algiers (Wiley)

457. For Murphy. American Embassy Madrid has requested allocation of $100,000 per month of American funds for relief of refugees of French nationality in Spain. This request is predicated on statement from Madrid that although 25,000,000 francs have been voted by French North African regime for relief of French refugees in Spain there are no immediate prospects of any substantial portion of peseta proceeds becoming available to Malaise and at present he is not even receiving enough to pay off back indebtedness.

The following telegram has been dispatched to Madrid in reply:

[Here follows text of telegram No. 577, March 13, 9 p.m., to the Ambassador in Spain, printed supra.]

Please indicate to the French that it is difficult for us to assume further financial responsibility at present and that it would be desirable for them to follow the procedure proposed in the telegram to Madrid.