721.23/2138: Telegram

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

42. Department’s 24, March 13, 3 p.m. Mello Franco states there is nothing concrete to report. He feels that much has been done to improve friendly spirit of the negotiations. He does not consider it wise to rush matters but in spite of difficulties he is still optimistic of settlement before League mandate expires. He is not clear whether this is May 25th or June 25th. If settlement is not reached before expiration he believes Peru will ask for an extension. There are some doubts about Colombia’s attitude but he believes it can be arranged that Colombia join in request for extension.

Shall not be able to get statement from Foreign Office before tomorrow.

I am following this matter carefully and trust Department will not interpret my long silences as indication that I have lost sight of the question.