723.2515/568: Telegram

The Chargé in Peru (Smith) to the Acting Secretary of State

51. Legation’s March 15, 6 p.m.82 Minister for Foreign Affairs informed me today situation growing most serious. Absolute censorship telegraph by Bolivia; private advices over railway telegraph indicate Montes in control. Trains to Guaqui being used for Bolivian Army. Peruvian Government sending reenforcements to Juliaca and Puno and withdrawing steamship traffic on Lake Titi[caca]. The Minister for Foreign Affairs firmly believes that unless prevented, Bolivians under General Montes will create a situation most dangerous to Peru and the peace of South America.

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