724.3415/1811: Telegram

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

16. Your 41, July 6, 10 p.m. Paraguayan delegates are now decoding their instructions. They will confer with White this afternoon. In the meantime please counsel moderation and patience to the Paraguayan authorities and suggest informally that they do not make any irrevocable statements or take positions which it will be difficult, if not impossible, to recede from. Please keep Department fully informed of all developments. When the situation is more crystallized it should be possible for the neutrals to suggest a way out, possibly that both parties submit their evidence regarding this recent outbreak to the neutrals in Washington for conciliation pari passu with the negotiations for pact of non-aggression. In the meantime it is most important that Paraguayan Government should make no statements or address notes to the neutrals or others taking a position which it later might feel it would have to adhere to. This is apparently what has happened in the case of the memorandum to the neutral representatives in Asunción of June 1st, referred to in Department’s cable yesterday, and should be avoided in this case.