834.156/71

The Minister in Paraguay ( Mooney ) to the Secretary of State

No. 568

Sir: Referring to despatch No. 561 of this Legation, dated December 27, 1919, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of the [Page 341] answer of [to] my note to the Paraguayan Minister for Foreign Affairs, with translation, the same bearing on the subject of the renewal of the concession granted to the Construction and Engineering Finance Company to construct and operate a port at Asunción.

I have [etc.]

Daniel F. Mooney
[Enclosure—Translation]

The Paraguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Lara Castro ) to the American Minister ( Mooney )

No. 2

Mr. Minister: Relative to note No. 211, dated December 26th last in which Your Excellency, complying with instructions received from your Government calls the attention of my Government to the circumstances attending the failure of the concessionaire company to fulfill its obligations, maintaining the opinion that it was prevented from realizing its intentions by “force majeure” and adding also, according to instructions, that the company is now supplied with the capital and other necessary elements to enable it, in a very short time, to begin and complete the port works, if the Paraguayan Government will permit it, and consequently, by instructions of the Government of the Union, you desire that the matter be submitted for consideration to His Excellency the President of the Republic, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that I have brought the aforementioned important communication to the attention of the Chief Magistrate and that I shall be pleased to transmit to you the action that may be taken in regard to the matter.

I wish to add [etc.]

Ramón Lara Castro