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

No. 792

Sir: Reference is made to the Department’s instruction no. 139 of December 29, 194159 and more recent communications regarding the general provisions for the proposed trade agreement between the United States and Paraguay.

There is enclosed (1) a revised draft of the general provisions, together with (2) an explanatory memorandum regarding the changes which have been made in the previous draft.60 In general these changes are the result of experience which has been gained in trade agreement negotiations subsequent to those with Argentina, the provisions of the agreement with that country61 having served as the basis for the text which was enclosed with the Department’s instruction of December 29, 1941 under reference. There is also enclosed (3) a suggested text in Spanish which may prove of some assistance to the Paraguayan authorities. With appropriate changes, and in accordance with the desire of the Paraguayan Government, this text follows closely the general style of the Spanish text of the trade agreement with Argentina.

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You are authorized to present the documents mentioned above to the Paraguayan authorities and to endeavor to obtain their agreement to the revised text.62

You should also endeavor to reach an agreement with the Paraguayan authorities on the question of the exchange of notes and final minutes as set forth in enclosures four and five and at the end of page two of the Department’s instruction of December 29, 1941 under reference.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Dean Acheson
  1. Not printed.
  2. Neither printed.
  3. Agreement of October 14, 1941; for text, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 277, or 56 Stat. (pt. 2) 1685.
  4. The draft agreement was submitted to the Paraguayan Ministry for Foreign Affairs and referred by it to a special technical commission for study.