811.20 Defense(M)/12280: Airgram

The Ambassador in Venezuela (Corrigan) to the Secretary of State

A–88. My telegram 171, February 12, 9 p.m.26 Further discussion of proposed cinchona agreement27 with Minister of Agriculture28 this morning recorded his continued interest. He stated that thus far he had not been able to obtain figures of Venezuela’s needs for essential anti-malarial uses and other data required before further steps can be taken in the negotiation of the agreement. However the Minister realizes the importance and desirability of concluding an agreement along the lines proposed by us and will make every effort to expedite this matter, and promised to keep in touch with us on the developments.

  1. Not printed; it indicated a low alkaloid content of the cinchona bark and uncertainty as to the value of exploiting It (811.20 Defense(M)/12029).
  2. In instruction No. 1552, December 4, 1942, the Department indicated that the Ambassador should begin negotiations along the line of the accompanying cinchona draft agreement. The objectives were to acquire immediately as much bark as possible at the specified schedule of prices, and to promote a long-time development program for which the United States would make funds, unspecified as to amount, available (811.20 Defense(M)/11215c).
  3. Adolfo Rojas.