823.00 Revolutions/231

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

No. 128

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your despatch No. 534 of March 13, 1931,20 reporting changes in the Peruvian Government and political events of recent occurrence in Lima.

With reference to the present confused state of Peruvian politics and to your opinion that a general disintegration of the country accompanied by communistic tendencies might ensue, you suggest that the Department consider some initiative looking to a joint mediation in Peruvian affairs by the nations most concerned therein, to wit, the Papal State, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan and possibly also Spain and the League of Nations.

While it is not the Department’s policy to adopt an attitude predicated upon contingent or theoretical eventualities, for your confidential information, it does not look with favor upon any idea of mediation in Peruvian affairs, especially in concert with European Powers, nor would it be inclined to take joint action with either the League of Nations of which this Government is not a member nor with the Vatican with which it has no diplomatic relations.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Francis White
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