835.24/4–2345: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chairman of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Conference at San Francisco

Unnumbered. For Rockefeller and Warren56 from Butler. C.W. Kempter, Chief of the Office of Lend-Lease Affairs, Pan American Branch, FEA, called this afternoon to discuss the question of shipments to Argentina. He favors the setting up of an informal control committee, under his chairmanship, such as he says existed formerly, in order to consider these cases. The committee would include representatives of the State Department, of G–2 and various other sections of War, the Navy, and any other interested agencies, in addition to FEA.

Kempter stated that he had been informed that Warren had told General Hertford57 that it would be in order to release for shipment several orders which had been held up since 1944. I told Kempter that I thought we should await a report and instructions from Warren following his visit to Buenos Aires58 before taking any action. He agreed.

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I told Kempter I would communicate with him after hearing from you. [Butler.]

  1. Avra M. Warren, Chairman, State–War–Navy Subcommittee on Latin America.
  2. Brig. Gen. Kenner F. Hertford, member of the State–War–Navy Subcommittee on Latin America.
  3. For information on Warren’s visit to Buenos Aires, see circular telegram of April 23, 3 p.m., to diplomatic representatives in certain American Republics, p. 378.