811.20 Defense(M)/15067

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


Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 1552 of December 4, 1942,44 with which was enclosed an original and one copy [Page 807] of the proposed cinchona agreement, and to the numerous subsequent communications exchanged with the Department on this subject, I have the honor to enclose a copy of the counter-draft45 which has now been received informally from the Venezuelan Foreign Office. The receipt of this counter-draft represents the culmination of the Embassy’s constantly repeated efforts in this matter.

This counter-draft, in conformity with the procedure followed in previous agreements pertaining to Rubber Production, Food Production and Health and Sanitation, respectively, is drawn up in the form of a Modus Vivendi for the period of one year, capable of extension at the end of each year on simple notice of willingness to do so, and with the desired maximum period in contemplation specified in the agreement. Thus in this proposed agreement which was projected for a three year period, the culminating date would be 1946 if the agreement is completed in 1943, subject to annual renewal. An agreement of this type does not require Congressional consent, but the Chief Executive is obliged to inform the Congress thereof at the next regular session of that body.46

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Respectfully yours,

Frank P. Corrigan
  1. Not printed, but see footnote 27, p. 801.
  2. Not printed.
  3. This negotiation was suspended. According to an intra-Departmental memorandum of January 27, 1944, the Department of State changed its position because the supply of low grade bark in the United States was adequate without resorting to Venezuela’s low grade bark (811.20 Defense(M)/15366).