824.63/5–2247: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Bolivia

us urgent

304. Urtel 481, May 19 and 493, May 22. Present issue appears to be solely internal matter for determination between Patiño Mines and Bol Govt which if eventuates into seizure23 would not per se give grounds Emb intervention. Dept however, should be informed for its further consideration should subsequent developments result discriminatory treatment any Am interests involved or should it appear such interests would be denied just compensation.

Dept concerned safety Am citizens and assumes Bol Govt is taking effective measures protect their lives and property for which of course it has primary responsibility.

  1. The domestic turmoil subsided and seizure was not effected.