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


863. Renegotiation Lend-Lease has been rather delicate, but Sub-secretary told me today enabling decree was signed by President and Cabinet October 3. He will make early appointment for meeting with Finance Minister, Guachalla,2 to determine essential details of initial payment into bank here.

Subsecretary assured me on Saturday and today (Deptel 532, October 3) Bolivian Government will meet our wishes avoidance publicity specific figures re amount received by Bolivia and amount due, limiting itself in official announcement to statement like “a payment was made to United States on Lend-Lease obligations”. He said Cabinet and some senators had necessarily been informed, but they would regard matter as officially confidential.

  1. Carlos Guachalla.