File No. 944/93–95.
The American Minister to Chile to the Secretary of State.
Santiago , November 1, 1909.
Sir: Referring to the negotiations for a settlement of the Tacna-Arica question, pending between Chile and Peru, I have the honor to report that about two or three weeks ago the Chilean Foreign Office sent instructions to the Chargé d’Affaires at Lima to present to the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs the bases which Chile was willing to accept. I am now able to inclose herewith a statement of these bases written in Minister Edwards1 own hand.
The Peruvian Government had already proposed to enter on negotiations for a settlement and that ministers plenipotentiary be sent respectively to Santiago and Lima. No bases were, however, suggested by Peru, and Chile refused to exchange ministers until Peru should have definitely accepted preliminary bases.
The Argentine Minister has been aiding the Foreign Office all he can during the last three weeks to induce the Peruvian Government to accept Chile’s preliminary terms. He tells me, however, that his Government’s action has not been and will not be in the way of intervention or mediation, but only by way of friendly counsel. Undoubtedly already the Argentine Foreign Office has offered advice on the subject to the Peruvian Minister at Buenos Aires and has instructed its own Minister at Lima to offer similar advice to the Foreign Office there.
The Argentine Minister approached me two days ago with the purpose of ascertaining the probable disposition of the State Department as to seconding Argentina’s action at Lima and Washington. I told him I had received no instructions, information, or intimations from the Department.
I have [etc.]
- Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs.↩