The Ambassador in Chile (Collier) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 20—9:07 a.m.]
22. The Minister for Foreign Affairs called at the Embassy this evening and left a memorandum for me of which the following is a translation:
“With reference to the memorandum dated the 17th instant which the Ambassador of the United States of America has presented to the Ministry of Foreign Relations for the purpose of inquiring if the Government of Chile would be disposed to accept the good offices of the Government of the United States in order to seek a friendly solution [Page 306] of the difficulties which separate Chile and Peru, the Government of Chile declares that, in accordance with articles 2, 3 and 6 of the conventions of The Hague for the peaceful settlement of international disputes,6 it would accept the good offices which the Government of the United States spontaneously offers, with the understanding that the proceedings or steps taken in the exercise of such good offices will not impede, as we [sic] set forth in the memorandum which Your Excellency was good enough to deliver to me, the plebiscitary proceedings provided for in the arbitral award, and that any solution which may be reached must be submitted to the respective constitutional bodies for their approval”.
Spanish text will be mailed and should reach you March 15.