721.23/2177: Telegram

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

35. Your 57, April 5, 9 p.m., second paragraph. We of course have made no statement to the Peruvian Ambassador which would warrant such an impression. The last time the Ambassador discussed the Bio de Janeiro negotiations in the Department Assistant Secretary Welles advised him that all our information from Colombia indicated that an extension of the mandate would be entirely unacceptable to Colombia; and that we of course would make no move in support of the suggested extension.

While we are somewhat to doubt the wisdom of our making the suggestion to the Peruvian Ambassador mentioned by Mello Franco, we will give careful consideration to the idea and will advise you later.