The Ambassador in Brazil ( Berle ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 8 p.m.]
384. Souza Costa this morning confirmed his undertaking to furnish 1 million bags of coffee for Army at ceiling prices and stated that delivery will be made through DNC55 at rate of 250,000 bags monthly beginning February but will do utmost to complete delivery entire million bags in 3 months if Army desires. Accordingly, Army should provide at once its purchase and shipment schedules. Souza [Page 691] Costa has given appropriate instructions to DNC and Embassy will check deliveries as it did on 4 million bag deal.
Souza Costa will inform Penteádo of foregoing by telephone this afternoon in order that latter may advise Colombia before arrangement becomes known through other channels.
This completed answer to Department’s 301, February 1, 7 p.m.56