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

44. Department’s 24, March 13, 3 p.m. Nabuco, Secretary General of the Foreign Office expresses some hope of settlement before the expiration of League mandate but is less optimistic than Mello Franco. He said that there was a move for an extension of mandate for 6 months but doubted whether Colombia would accept.

Believing that hostilities will inevitably begin promptly on expiration of truce he told me in strictest confidence that Brazil is sending troops to the frontier to protect her neutrality. He says this has been told to nobody else and requests that it be kept secret.