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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954. Africa and South Asia (in two parts)
(1952-1954)

Ceylon,   pp. 1499-1632 PDF (54.0 MB)


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1500       FOREIGN RELATIONS, 19 5 2-19 5 4, VOLUME XI
tract (Deptel 226, Dec 6)5 presumably on basis original ideas (Deptel
1, July 2).6
  We concluded by saying that so far as we knew US position un-
changed but that US definitely would not be willing send negotiator
to Ceylon at least until gen principles had been agreed upon in
Washington between two govts and under no circumstances would
US official negot with Ceylon trade. We realized GOC could not con-
elude final agrmt without consultation trade here but time as to when
trade should be brought into picture should be decided between two
govts. If GOC desired resume talks it should take initiative by in-
structing Amb Corea approach Dept and GOC must suggest alternate
procedure other than US send rep Ceylon, or at least indicate willing-
ness consider US views on way discussions should be conducted.
   There was gen agrmt US Govt should not be asked negot with
Ceylon trade but PriMin pointed out it would be easier reach agrmt
acceptable to trade if it were brought into negots at early stage.
   Meeting ended with PriMin saying Amb Corea would be immedi-
ately instructed request resumption discussions and asking us advise
Dept accordingly.
   After meeting gov Central Bank Exter, who had been there prior
 our arrival, informed us that principal purpose calling us in was to
 dissipate PriMin's fears US might try "push Ceylon around" if
talks
 resumed.
   During discussion there was no mention future shipments to Red
 China. Embassy had, however, previously made US attitude clear
 (Embtel315, Nov 12,7 347, Nov 28,8 370 Dec 7).9
   Emb still awaiting receipt airgram referred to Deptel 226.
                                                             GUFLER
   5 Telegram 226 to Colombo suggested that the Embassy indicate to Ceylon
Gov-
 ernment officials the continued U.S. willingness to discuss a rubber contract
 (746E.10/11-2851).
   See Foreign Relations, 1951, vol. Vi, Part 2, p. 2031.
   7 See ibid., p. 2074.
   8Telegram 347 from Colombo reported a conversation between the governor
 of the Ceylon Central Bank and an Embassy official in which the possibility
of a
 U.S. rubber purchase agreement was discussed. In this conversation, the
governor
 assumed that the United States would not consider a bulk buying agreement
 unless Ceylon gave assurances that further rubber shipments to China would
 cease. (846E.10/11-2851)
   O Telegram 370 from Colombo reported a conversation between the Ceylonese
 Prime Minister and Embassy officials in which the American attitude toward
 rubber shipments to China was again reiterated (493.46E9/12-751).
 846E.2395/ 1-852: Telegram
            The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Ceylon
 CONFIDENTIAL              WASHINGTON, January 8, 1952-7:46 p. m.
   263. Inform GOC ur discretion fol except as marked:
   GSA still willing discuss possibility rubber contract with GOC but
 negots shld be concluded within month or two. FYI GSA indicated


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