103.9164/2349: Telegram

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

4425. Reference my 4302, September 9, 5:00 [4:00] p.m.69 WSA has informed its director here that proposal impracticable and refers to pending negotiations to release to Brazil vessels under bareboat charter to WSA mentioned in Department’s 3453, September 11, 8:00 p.m.

I cannot emphasize too strongly urgent need for vessels immediately as accumulation of our northbound official cargo is increasing daily and southbound shipment fuel oil at Belém for essential mica production must reach here early November before rains make roads to interior impassable. These matters cannot await protracted negotiations and pending completion of arrangements set forth in Department’s 3453, I request that Minasloide not yet delivered to WSA under bareboat charter be released for our coastwise use in Brazil as soon as repairs are completed this month. Please exert best efforts to obtain immediate approval. Additional vessel will be required in October.

  1. Not printed; it proposed the diverting of Brazilian-operated vessels in U.S. trade to the coastwise needs of United States agencies in Brazil (103.9164/2262).