723.2515/2160: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Collier)


56. I have cabled Lassiter today66 suggesting that Plebiscitary Commission be immediately convened to pass resolution extending time of registration for, say, 30 days. Do what you can discreetly to influence Government of Chile to instruct its member of the Commission to vote for this resolution.

At meeting of the Plenipotentiaries this afternoon, Ambassador Cruchaga again stated that he was without instructions from his Government permitting him to discuss my suggestion made April 15. As negotiations are thus being protracted by failure of Chile to give instructions, it would seem only reasonable to invite her cooperation in this matter.

At yesterday’s meeting of the Plenipotentiaries, Ambassador Velarde formally suggested combination of the two alternatives referred to in my No. 53, April 18, 1 p.m., second paragraph.

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