701.2325/7d: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Peru ( Moore )


52. Placing reliance upon the positive assurance of President Leguia that he would accept my suggestion to exchange diplomatic representatives with the Republic of Chile, I am sending concurrently with this telegram a communication to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Chile in exactly the same form as the following note which you are instructed to deliver to the Foreign Minister of Peru. It is suggested that you present this to him in person and impress upon him and the President the importance of a friendly and unconditional acceptance of this suggestion, and more especially that the answer should carefully avoid the reopening of discussions in regard to the Tacna-Arica question or the inclusion of any matter of a controversial nature. The same representations are being made to the Government of Chile. The Chilean Ambassador has assured me that Chile will accept my invitation to exchange Ministers with Peru. I feel certain that this action will redound to the honor and credit of Peru, and will be regarded as a liberal and broad-minded step. These communications will not be made public until replies have been received from both Governments.

[Here follows the text of the note, the same, mutatis mutandis, as that contained in the Department’s telegram No. 44, of the same date, to the Ambassador in Chile, printed supra.]