740.24112 RP/11–946: Telegram

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


1052. Renewed discussions today accompanied by Orloski23 and King with Minister Economy re Bolivian action concerning replacement program in Bolivia (Reurtel 567, October 924 and previous on above subject). Minister now willing to put through program satisfactory to United States and detailed discussions in this matter will commence next week. Minister showed me draft decree modeled somewhat after Peruvian supreme decree of September 3, 1946 published in Lima press of September 4, but will take no action until details are ironed out with Embassy. Minister specifically mentioned several of the smaller firms included in spearhead and indicated that perhaps Government would like not to press action against these. Possible therefore, light concessions may be necessary. Financing of program was suggested by Embassy along lines mentioned in Deptel 368, May 30, 1945.24

Despatch follows with copies of proposed decree.

No final decision in matter will be taken by Embassy until Dept acquiescence in program is obtained. Details of progress will be reported promptly.

  1. John A. E. Orloski, Assistant Commercial Attaché.
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