710.G 1A/198: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Mexico ( Daniels )

137. From one of our missions in the field I learn that, in spite of your conversation with Dr. Puig, the Mexican Government is sounding out other American governments with respect to the extension of the Agenda of the Montevideo Conference to include a discussion of revision of government external indebtedness. Two of our missions report that the Mexican Government is also sounding out other American governments concerning placing on the Agenda “possible modification” of the Monroe Doctrine24 to “exclude not only European but also American intervention in the affairs of any of the American countries”. As this was not included in the subjects mentioned in your despatch No. 603 of September 14, I hope that prior to the departure of Dr. Puig from Mexico you will inquire of him as to just what Mexico has in mind and her purpose in seeking the introduction of this topic. I wish to add for your information that this démarche is causing me some anxiety.

  1. See section entitled “Official Statement of and Commentary Upon the Monroe Doctrine by the Secretary of State”, Foreign Relations, 1929, vol. i, pp. 698 ff.