The Chargé in Ceylon (Black) to the Secretary of State
Subject: Ceylon Request for Exception From the Provisions of the Kem Amendment
There is enclosed a copy of an Aide-Mémoire which the Ministry of External Affairs delivered to the Embassy on the afternoon of September 10. This Aide-Mémoire develops a case for and concludes with a request that Ceylon be granted a special exception from the provisions of the Kem Amendment “or any other similar legislation which may be enacted in the United States”.
The Ministry telegraphed the full text of this Aide-Mémoire to the Ceylon Embassy in Washington which presumably already has submitted it to the Department.
In view of the very limited justification on which a request for an exception might be based, the Embassy considers that the attached Aide-Mémoire develops the best arguments possible under the circumstances. The Embassy will not comment on the validity of these arguments as its views have, it is believed, been made clear in previous communications on the subject.