724.34119/69: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina (Weddell) to the Secretary of State

151. From Gibson. My 150, July 24, 8 p.m. When the question of responsibilities comes before the Conference for discussion on July 26th the chairman plans to suggest that it be submitted to a mixed tribunal composed of five justices of the Supreme Courts of American countries. Bolivia and Paraguay would each choose one of their own justices and one from another American country and the four judges would then select the president from a fifth country. I am informed that when the question arises Paraguay will choose Argentina and Bolivia will select Brazil and that it is probable that the four will ask a member of our Supreme Court to act as president of the mixed tribunal.

I should be glad if the Department could inform me whether any member of our Supreme Court would accept such an invitation. If so, I shall let developments take their course. If not, it is desirable that I take steps to prevent the question from arising.

I should appreciate reply as soon as possible. [Gibson.]