833.6363/268: Airgram

The Ambassador in Uruguay ( Dawson ) to the Secretary of State

A–621. Referring to the Embassy’s strictly confidential despatch no. 3557 of November 23, 1943 and telegram no. 99823 of the same date concerning negotiations regarding renewal of marketing agreement between Ancap and petroleum companies, the Department is advised that the representatives in Montevideo of the West India Oil Company (Standard of New Jersey), Atlantic Refining Company (Atlantic Barrere, S. A.) and the Shell-Mex Uruguay Ltd. (British) have been [Page 774] advised by Vegh Garzón, General Manager of Ancap, that by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Ancap arrived at on November 24, 1943, the Board has decided to study the project of a new agreement with the companies referred to which will be initiated with the companies within a short time. An English translation of the Spanish text of the letter referred to follows:

“With reference to the matter discussed in the interview held by your representatives with the President of our organism on the 15th instant, in the course of which you made reply to the verbal inquiry which had been addressed to you as to the conditions under which your companies would be disposed to withdraw from the Uruguayan market, I have pleasure in informing you that by resolution of the Board of Directors of the same date, it was decided to undertake the study of the project of a new agreement with your companies, for which purpose we shall take the opportunity to initiate negotiations with you within the briefest possible period.

I avail myself of the opportunity to present to you the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.”

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