710.E/169a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Peru (Sterling)

6. On January 25, the Chilean Ambassador spoke to the Secretary of the arrangements for the Santiago Conference, and stated that he believed all countries had accepted with the exception of Peru and Mexico. The Ambassador stated that his Government greatly regretted the attitude of Peru as they had reached an agreement for the submission of the Tacna-Arica question to arbitration and that there was now no difficulty between Chile and Peru and that he felt that Peru ought to have viewed the matter in this light and have accepted the invitation. The Ambassador said nothing as to the assertions of Peru that outrages were being committed against Peruvians in Tacna-Arica and the Secretary did not think it best to bring up this question.