811.20 Defense (M) Bolivia/3–1045

The Secretary of State to the Bolivian Ambassador ( Andrade )

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s communication of March 10, 1945,33 referring to the signature on March 3, 1945, of an amendment to the existing contract for the purchase of tin produced in Bolivia.

The Government of the United States has taken note of the assurances offered by the Administrative Branch of the Government of Bolivia that the purpose of this amendment is to maximize the production of tin, taking into account the interests of the respective governments, of the workers in the Bolivian mines, and the producers; and that the Administrative Branch of the Bolivian Government does not intend to impose or encourage the imposition of any charges in such a manner as to reduce or prevent the production, transportation, or exportation of tin under the amended contract.

Finally, it is the understanding of the Government of the United States that as provided for in the exchange of notes between the Governments of the United States and Bolivia on June 29, 1942,34 the Bolivian tin producers may continue to make available to purchasers in Chile not more than twenty-five tons of fine tin monthly.35

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Nelson A. Rockefeller
  1. Not printed.
  2. For text of Bolivian note, see Foreign Relations, 1942, vol. v, p. 547.
  3. In its turn, the United States agreed to continue the war-time purchasing of tin.