COSTA RICA: Buy United Fruit?

All Costa Ricans knew that their new President José Figueres intended to ask for a drastic revision in the government's contract with the United Fruit Co., the country's biggest business. Last week the President uncovered an ambitious, long-range plan that would eventually put banana production in Costa Rican hands, but leave distribution to United Fruit.

President Figueres chose to outline his plan in a 2,000-word letter to U.S. Ambassador Robert C. Hill. Terms of the existing contract, he said, are fair and just only in the spirit of 50 years ago, when banana cultivation was a little-known and risky venture. Now...

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