832.852/57: Airgram

The Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery) to the Secretary of State

A–837. Notwithstanding Aranha’s statements cited in my telegram No. 1648 of April 5, 2 p.m., he has made no progress with the ITA ships. Due to the determined opposition of many influential people in the Government who insist that Brazil needs the ITA ships more than we do, I am not at all optimistic about our getting them: it looks now as if we won’t.