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

No. 362

Sir: The Department has received and read with interest your confidential despatch, No. 238 of February 3 last,50 on the subject of the boundary dispute between Bolivia and Paraguay, of which copies have been sent to the American Minister at La Paz and the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at Buenos Aires for their confidential information.

It is noted from the last paragraph of your strictly confidential despatch, No. 144 of September 10 last,51 to which reference is made, that in previous conversations on this subject with the Paraguayan Minister for Foreign Affairs you were careful to avoid any indication or comment as to the possibility that the Government of the United States might be willing to enter into negotiations looking to the settlement of the controversy. The Department assumes that you have consistently maintained this attitude, which has its entire approval. This Government is particularly anxious not to appear in any way to invite a request for its assistance, nor does it wish to predict what its position toward such a request might be. The Department believes that in the circumstances further inquiries on your part might be misunderstood, and therefore desires you to refrain from making them. If the Minister for Foreign Affairs again raises the subject, you will say merely that you will ask the Department for instructions.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Joseph C. Grew