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

No. 331

Sir: I transmit for your confidential information and files a copy of this Department’s note to the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington, together with a copy of Statement LL–6,40 showing charges made against the Government of Paraguay for the period from June 1, 1945 through August 31, 1945, for defense matériel transferred under the terms of the Lend-Lease Agreement signed September 20, 1941.

It will be noted that the amount of charges during the period under reference is $70,619.35, and that charges through August 31, 1945 for all defense matériel transferred to Paraguay aggregate the grand total of $1,612,358.92. Of this grand total the sum of $43,000 represents the approximate appropriate percentage due on account, of which $33,000 has been paid.

This Government will continue to maintain the policy of requesting reimbursement payments in accordance with the terms stipulated [Page 1299] in the Lend-Lease Agreements with the various other American Republics.41

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Spruille Braden
  1. Neither printed.
  2. In instruction 157, March 20, 1945 (834.24/1–2545), the Department had called attention to the fact that the Paraguayan Government had made no payments on its Lend Lease account. The amount due was indicated in instruction 220, June 6, 1945 (834.24/4–2445), as $36,000, but in airgram 165, August 9 (834.24/8–945), the Department advised the Embassy of the payment of $33,000 on the account. By instruction 305, October 5, 1945 (834.24/10–545), the Department indicated the total charges for defense materials aggregated $1,541,739.57, and the balance due from Paraguay was $8,000.