800.24/8–245: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil (Berle) to the Secretary of State

2414. Circular telegram July 2815 termination Decentralization Plan. Matter presented to Foreign Office and Carteira. Both manifested some reluctance to assent. They fear that complete abandonment of Plan will reduce availability for export of commodities still subject to individual license and that Embassy no longer will be in position to intervene on behalf of meritorious cases which encounter licensing difficulties. Appropriate oral assurances given officials concerned by Embassy and misgivings dispelled in part.

Foreign Office must consult Finance Minister and Coordinator Economic Mobilization before giving concurrence of Brazilian Government. Embassy pressing Foreign Office for prompt reply and favorable response may be received by August 15.

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