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The Ambassador in Bolivia (Flack) to the Secretary of State


660. Grace’s Zalles33 and Aranibar just called on me. Former stated FonMin and Finance Minister have nothing whatever against latter. He also saw Minister Public Works who, while mentioning Aranibar’s strong defense of US interests, didn’t feel he was unqualified manage Grace in Bolivia.

Zalles assured me Aranibar was in no way implicated and has recommended that his board retain Aranibar here. He hopes to go over whole case with Mr. Braden on his return. I informed Zalles decision was his to make but if Grace involved in future through Aranibar, question of protection might run into complications.

  1. Vice President of W. R. Grace and Company.