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The Ambassador in Chile (Culbertson) to the Secretary of State

148. The Minister for Foreign Affairs today invited Ambassadors of Brazil and Argentina and the Chargé d’Affaires of Peru to exchange ideas with him in the Chaco dispute. They discussed at length the imminent danger of conflict and the danger of communism in the [Page 144] Bolivian Army. They agreed that the moment has arrived for action to prevent war. Chile is willing to cooperate and the three chiefs of mission referred to will telegraph their Governments the conversation and ask instructions. The Argentine Ambassador was designated to inform me and to say that in all respects the cooperation of the American Government was considered the basis of any action which might be contemplated. He said that the Minister for Foreign Affairs would ask me to confer with him tomorrow in order to inform me of Chile’s attitude and of the details of the conference today. However, from the conversation with the Argentine Ambassador it is clear that the Chilean Government visualizes the effective cooperation of the American, Chilean, Argentine, Brazilian and Peruvian Governments in whatever action may be necessary to prevent war in the Chaco.