811.5017/2–2645: Telegram

The Ambassador in Colombia ( Wiley ) to the Secretary of State

281. Reference Department’s telegram 217, February 23, 7 p.m. In accordance with instructions received from President López, Dr. Umana Bernal, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, informed Embassy this morning that sale of 500,000 bags of coffee by the National Coffee Federation to the United States Army through six American importers would meet with the approval of Colombian Government. The Federation will probably wish to receive offers from importers, but this point and other pertinent details will be reported to the Department as soon as finally decided here.