File No. 763.72/3856

The Secretary of State to the Bolivian Minister ( Calderon)

No. 46

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of April 14,1 by which you inform me that on the previous day your Government delivered his passports to the German Minister at La Paz and declared its diplomatic relations with the German Government to be discontinued.

Your statement that your Government not only took this action as a protest against Germany’s illegal submarine warfare, but declared that in this matter it stood with the United States in defense of the rights of neutrals, is profoundly gratifying to this Government, which warmly appreciates the supporting attitude of Bolivia, evidencing as it does that Bolivia, inspired by the same motives that moved the United States, desires no less than the United States, to see maintained a strict observance of the principles of peace and justice and a due regard for the rights of mankind.

Requesting that you will assure your Government of the high value which the United States attaches to its friendly attitude, I avail myself [etc.]

Robert Lansing
  1. Ante, p. 253.