823.00/262: Telegram

The Minister in Peru (McMillin) to the Acting Secretary of State

Confidential. Italian Minister, senior member Diplomatic Corps, was requested by relatives President Pardo to see Leguia and get assurances of personal safety of Pardo, also to ascertain if he would be permitted to go to New York till family could join him and thence to Europe. Italian Minister called unofficially to prevent recognition of new Government. Leguia further promises safety assurances and said he would allow the departure of Pardo if he would sign renunciation of Presidency. Pardo replied that he would remain prisoner balance of term and four years more rather than resign. Leguia finally agreed to proposed departure of Pardo without resigning, allowing a few days to arrange business affairs in Peru. Arrangement will probably be carried out within ten days.