The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Costa Rica (Des Portes)
594. Your 646.42 You may inform the Foreign Minister that the position of this Government regarding Italian funds blocked in this country has not changed by reason of recent events in Italy, that no Italian funds in this country have been unblocked because of these events. Accordingly the attitude of this Government, that the funds in question should be brought under effective control, remains unchanged.
If it appears that effective control in Costa Rica is not to be established and as a possible means of reaffirming that steps will be taken by this Government, it is suggested that in your discretion you endeavor to have earmarked an appropriate amount of dollar currency for Italian account and to obtain the serial number, denomination and series year of the bills for the future use of the Treasury.