824.24/2–2647: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Bolivia


103. Dept handed Bol Amb 87 note requesting payment Bol Lend-Lease account totaling $925,000, copy of which follows air mail.88 Recalling unfulfilled assurances of former administration that installment payments would begin March 1946 (Embdesp 2006, Dec 20, 194588), Amb was informed that while Dept earnestly desired obtain settlement of Lend-Lease accounts, matter had not been pressed recently in desire not to create difficulties Junta Govt following July revolution. For this reason we have delayed inviting his personal attention to matter until now.

Amb stated he would cable his Govt urging that, if possible, some payment be effected before March 10; and that in any case matter be given priority consideration after inauguration new administration. He expressed grave doubts, however, that Bol financial and foreign exchange position would permit early favorable action.

Unless you perceive objections, please follow up informally with FonMin stating your Govt would appreciate being informed what Bol Govt may have in mind respect settlement this account.

  1. Ricardo Martinez Vargas.
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