837.613/11: Airgram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Cuba ( Braden )

A–1112. Reference Embassy’s A–613, April 1, 10 a.m. The following information has been obtained relative to pending diversification and public works matters:

[Here follows information concerning diversification with respect to peanuts, beans, and corn, and to agricultural machinery.]

2. Public Works—b) Refrigerated Warehouses: Project materials will form part of Cuba’s allocations as in the case of Central Highway.

c) Santiago and Guantánamo Aqueducts: No information yet available in this regard.

d) Supplementary Roads: Conversations with López Castro in Washington brought to his attention the fact that funds for purchasing equipment for Mariel and Camp Columbia airport projects [Page 248] cannot be made available under Lend-Lease or under $25,000,000 Export-Import Bank credit, and that Cuban Army and Navy should undertake arrangements for providing funds.