811.20 Defense (M) Argentina/3–945: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Argentina ( Reed )

266. In order to prevent the burning of oil seed and oil seed products in Argentina and to permit the shipment of urgently needed vegetable [Page 529] oil, oil seeds and oil seed cake to the United States and other United Nations, the War Shipping Administration was requested on March 8, 1945 to allocate vessels under its control for this movement and the movement of fuel oil to Argentina. Until further notice shipments are to be restricted to the above products.

WSA was requested to put ships into Argentine ports with as little publicity as possible. Department also expressed to WSA its desire that no WSA controlled vessel enter into an Argentine port for the above movement until 2 or 3 weeks time has elapsed from March 8.