800.48 FAA/12–3047: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in Italy

us urgent

2735. Mefa 3. Subject: Additional publicity Interim Aid.

Enabling legislation interim aid is Public Law 389 of Dec. 17 entitled “Foreign Aid Act of 1947”.1 Appropriation legislation is Public Law 393 of Dec. 23 entitled “Third Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1948” for fiscal year ending June 30, 1948.2
Use words “United States Foreign Aid Program” as official designation. Abbreviation is USFAP, but please use PL 389 in addition in cables to clearly distinguish from USFRP, PL 84.
Following is initial portion supply program for Italy approved by Dept under USFAP, PL 389. Procurement will be initiated on signature agreement.
Product Quantity Estimated CIF Value
(Long tons) (Dollars)
Cereals 152,000 22,000
Soya Flour 2,000 360
Pulses (U.S.) 4,000 1,244
Rolled Oats 3,000 918
Coal (U.S.) 600,000 12,000
*Coal (Ruhr) 256,000 5,500
Aviation gasoline 300
POL from various countries 6,800
Blister copper from Chile 4,100
Phosphate rocks 2,200
Nitrates from Chile 1,000
Medical supplies 600
Total 57,022
Desirable that publicity covering this initial program be released when agreement signed.3 Send urgently substance ur press release for use in preparation simultaneous release here on signature of agreement.
This message supplemental to request for publicity contained Deptel 2678, Dec. 20, Mefa 1, on agreement itself.4 Suggest single release covering (a) agreement and purposes program as a whole (b) initial portion program set forth para 3 above.
  1. 61 Stat. 934.
  2. 61 Stat. 941.
  3. December and January shipments.
  4. The Department’s telegraphic instruction 2732, December 30, not printed, forwarded the text of the agreement which the Ambassador was authorized to sign (800.48 FAA/12–3047). For the text of the new agreement signed at Rome on January 3, 1948, see Department of State, Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 167S, or 62 Stat. (pt. 2) 1807.
  5. This telegraphic instruction, not printed, forwarded to Rome the initial draft of the proposed new agreement (800.48 FAA/12–2047).