368. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Canada1

442. Hope conclude Polish agreement2 late this week or early next week to provide:

Eximbank component including about 100,000 MT wheat effective immediately.
Interim Title I no wheat effective immediately.
Subject to advance consultation with appropriate members of Congress additional Title I including about 400,000 MT wheat to become effective when Congress passes PL–480 legislation.

Every possible effort made persuade Poles satisfy Canadian desires. Poles have given general assurance US wheat will not displace Canadian sales but state emphatically cannot make definite advance commitment to Canadians, especially in view problem this would create re other countries. Dept considers US has fully carried out undertaking given to Canadians. Canadian Embassy (Ritchie) informed by Kalijarvi today.3 Informing NATO tomorrow.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 442.4841/5–2857. Official Use Only. Drafted by Howard M. Gabbert and John M. Leddy; cleared with ITR, BNA, E, and W; approved and signed for Dulles by Leddy.
  2. An agreement with Poland was reached on June 7. For text, see Department of State Bulletin, June 24, 1957, pp. 1005–1008.
  3. No record of a conversation between Ritchie and Kalijarvi has been found in Department of State files.