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The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Cuba


394. President signed Sugar Act 10:30 a.m. today. White House released 1:00 p.m. letter to President from me dated yesterday body of which reads:

“It is my understanding that you have before you for consideration the General Sugar Act of 1948.33 During recent days I have been impressed by the fears expressed in certain quarters that section 202(e) of the Act constitutes an economic threat to sugar supplying nations of this hemisphere. This section reads as follows: (Text)

Section 101 (a) of the Act reads: (Text)

These fears should be allayed.

I wish to emphasize that the permissive provisions of section 202(e) of the Act do not refer to basic quotas, but rather give discretion to withhold an increase in the quotas under certain conditions. It is not intended to substitute for or replace the orderly processes of settling differences, including international arbitration.”

  1. Public Law No. 388, August 8, 1947, “Sugar Act of 1948”, 61 Stat. 922.