721.23/2103: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil ( Gibson ) to the Secretary of State

16. Department’s 10, January 26, 4 p.m. Absence of reports on Leticia negotiations due to complete lack of progress. For several months meetings have been purely pro forma in order to avoid acknowledging a break. For over a month there have been no meetings, due partly to dissensions in Peruvian delegation and to absence (at Montevideo) followed by resignation of Mello Franco2 who was sole existing motive force. Day before yesterday he consented, while maintaining his resignation from the Cabinet, to continue his conciliatory role in the negotiations. Expected a meeting will take place this week.

Dissensions in Peruvian delegation have resulted in return to Lima of Alberto Ulloa and Colonel Llona.

  1. Afranio de Mello Franco, Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs.