The Ambassador in Bolivia ( Thurston ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 7:55 p.m.]
984. The apprehension regarding possibility of Bolivian reaction to impending curtailment Rubber Development Corporation activities expressed my 965, September 1967 concerned the policy itself and not any specific application thereof. It is based on thought that unilateral action with respect to rubber following suspension cinchona purchases might expose U.S. charge disregard Resolution XII [XXI] Final Act Chapultepec Conference68 on transition period.
While curtailment program presumably not yet known to Bolivians inevitable soon will be and I desired evidence Department’s concurrence enable me support it when asked about it by officials.
In meantime National Assembly has taken up Rubber Development Corporation contract and called Minister of Agriculture before it for interrogation.