The Ambassador in Chile (Culbertson) to the Secretary of State
[Received 7:40 p.m.]
31. Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 18, April 8, 1 p.m.96 and circular telegram relating to Chaco April 13, 6 p.m., the following is the result of conversation with Foreign Minister this afternoon:
- First. If the five neutrals invite Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru to cooperate in the interests of peace, Chile will accept.
- Second. Relating to Chile’s treaty with Bolivia, Minister said “the [Page 138] treaty of 190497 is in force and Chile is obliged and determined to comply with it. In accordance with the said treaty, under present conditions Chile could not prevent the transit through its territory of arms for Bolivia. If a state of war should subsequently be produced between Bolivia and Paraguay, Chile would consider such a new situation in order to act on it in accord with its international obligations”.
- Third. Minister stated that Cruchaga would receive instructions tomorrow to express Chile’s agreement with suggestion made in the statement of the neutrals last Monday. No comment in press.