The Paraguayan Minister for Foreign Affairs (Arbo) to the Secretary of State 27
[Received 1:10 p.m.]
I reply note 21st instant from Your Excellency and members Commission of Neutrals28 advising you that I have today telegraphed Paraguayan delegates ordering them to return your city to consider Your Excellency’s suggestion. Consistent with peaceful policy my Government I advise Your Excellency that Paraguay is not committing and will not commit any act of armed hostility against Bolivia, this statement not to be construed as renouncing legitimate defense to which she must pay attention in view of the warlike preparations of the opponent, and to which she is entitled by elemental principles of self-defense and sovereignty recognized in solemn international treaties.
Again thanking Your Excellency for your noble interest in the preservation of peace, which my country greatly desires, I greet Your Excellency [etc.]