800.6363/1164: Airgram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Paraguay (Frost)

A–241. Reference your A–138 of May 1, 1943. The willingness which you found on the part of the Paraguayan authorities to meet the suggestion of the Department in the matter of keeping petroleum products from persons or firms included in the Proclaimed List is noted. You are requested to report within a month or so on the degree to which the desired results have been achieved.

The Department agrees that rather than having the Embassy examine lists of automobiles and trucks to be denied gasoline rations, [Page 700] this administrative process should be entirely left in the hands of the Paraguayan authorities.

Should you deem it advisable to follow up the matter with the Paraguayan government in the event that Proclaimed List vehicles continue in circulation, it would probably be desirable to limit your representations to cases where the evidence which resulted in Proclaimed List action is particularly strong.