811.20 Defense (M) Argentina/4–2045: Telegram

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

416. For McClintock. Please discuss urgently with Butler53 details of proposed oilseeds-fuel oil agreement and do all possible to assist him to close arrangement. Nyhus54 may be helpful. Butler has been fully advised of terms and conditions by FEA Washington. Understand Argentina ready to close on linseed part of the arrangement but, in view of critical shortage of edible oils, both FEA and War Food55 feel it inadvisable to close on the linseed and leave the edible oils outside. It is, therefore, exceedingly important that edible seeds and oil be included as well as linseed. It may help to get an immediate closing if it is pointed out that this provides a concrete way in which Argentina can demonstrate cooperation in the United Nations’ war effort. It is important to all concerned that this protracted negotiation be successfully concluded immediately.

  1. Randolph Butler, Representative of the Foreign Economic Administration at Buenos Aires.
  2. Paul O. Nyhus, United States Agricultural Attaché.
  3. War Food Administration.