811.20 Defense (M) Bolivia/1406

The Director, Office of Wartime Economic Affairs (Taft), to the Director, Foreign Procurement and Development Branch, Foreign Economic Administration (Nitze)

Dear Paul: Please refer to your letter of May 6, 1944,54 addressed to Mr. Linz.

The Department sees no objection to conferring with the signers of the Bolivian tungsten contract, as per their letter of April 25, 1944. However, under the Department’s present non-recognition policy with respect to Bolivia, it is felt that (1) no contract should be entered into between Banco Minero and this Government; (2) no contract should be made with the individual mining companies which carries the “guarantee of the Bolivian Government”. You will be kept advised of any events which will change this policy.

If you still feel it advisable for the officials of the State Department and the Foreign Economic Administration to confer further regarding this matter, we will be glad to arrange such a meeting.

Sincerely yours,

Charles P. Taft
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