The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Peru ( Smith )
34. Your March 5, 7 p.m.
With reference to the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ belief that “it is very possible that diplomatic relations may soon be broken” you will seek an early opportunity to intimate to him that this Department would deplore any such action as it would tend to make more difficult the ultimate solution of the whole question involved.
You may also state confidentially that the American Minister in Bolivia has been instructed to intimate to the Bolivian Government that it is the feeling of this Government that Bolivia would not be helping her own interests as regards access to the sea by forcing this question to the front before any definite step has been taken toward the settlement of the pending controversy between Peru and Chile.