102.78/8–1346: Telegram

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


799. Deptel 467.39 Note from Foreign Office today requested urgent shipment 30,000 metric tons wheat in view of suspension food shipments from Argentina which threatens population of Bolivia, which normally obtains wheat requirements from that market. We impressed Bolivian Government orally desirability obtaining wheat requirements from Argentina. Since officially informed shipment of wheat from Argentina suspended, strongly recommend as urgent measure that United States Government export permit for 10,000 tons wheat immediate shipment in order to avoid famine. Please cable action enable me notify purchasers to place orders with United States suppliers.

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