724.3415/4644: Telegram

The Chargé in Paraguay ( Thurston ) to the Secretary of State

18. The Minister for Foreign Affairs advised me this morning that he is instructing the Paraguayan Minister at Rio de Janeiro to express to the Brazilian Government the desire of Paraguay that the United States and Uruguay be members of any American mediation group that may be formed. It is hoped that Brazil may see fit to propose such membership; as it probably would encounter opposition it will be advanced by Paraguay or at least be countered by a Bolivian request for the inclusion of some other non-neighbor state.

Despite the tenor of the numerous press despatches from Geneva, Buenos Aires and Santiago I am assured by the Minister for Foreign Affairs that there has been no substantial change in the situation. That is to say that while Argentina and Chile are still engaged in explorations looking to a solution, no concrete proposal has been drafted and no mediatory organization developed.