File No. 763.72119/592
The Secretary of State to the Minister in Honduras ( Ewing)
Your May 10, 2 p.m. You may discreetly inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Honduras that a fortnight ago the American Ambassador to Buenos Aires reported to the Department that the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic had approached him stating that his Government proposed to call a conference of American nations to discuss a policy regarding the war but that he desired to know what would be the attitude of the Government of the United States towards this conference, adding that inasmuch as the United States was a belligerent power it of course would not be included in this invitation. The Department instructed the Ambassador to inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Argentine that it was obviously impossible for the Government of the United States to make any expression of its views particularly at this time.
You may also inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs that, inasmuch as the Republic of Cuba has declared war against Germany, that the Republic of Panama has severed relations with Germany and placed itself side by side with the United States in cooperation during the war, that as the Government of Guatemala and the [Page 280] Government of Brazil have broken relations with Germany, that the Government of Bolivia has done likewise, it would appear that such a conference as that outlined by the Argentine Republic could not be considered as representing Latin-American feeling, as many nations had already outlined their policy.
You may also intimate to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that this Government is regarding with the most careful scrutiny the attitude of the Government of Honduras at this time and will continue to so regard her future action.