The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Bowers)
223. Your 416 Apr 23.36 Sale by Navy of heavier vessels to Chile must await enabling legislation. It is hoped that such legislation may be submitted to Congress in the near future. Pending passage of legislation impossible set any date for sale or cost of vessels desired by Chile. Navy Dept advises cannot for personnel and budgetary reasons hold open to Chile offer of small vessels enumerated in Deptel 206, Apr. 12. Understand Navy Dept has telegraphed Chief of US Mission in above sense.
- Not printed, but see footnote 32, above.↩