724.3415/4734: Telegram

The Chargé in Argentina ( Cox ) to the Secretary of State

20. Department’s telegram No. 28 April 6, 3 p.m. I delivered aide-mémoire this afternoon to Minister for Foreign Affairs who said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was now receiving from Santiago by telephone the Bolivian reply obtained by Señor Nieto at La Paz. From what he had heard so far, he added, the reply while lengthy, held out possibilities. He is giving me shortly a memorandum concerning it [Page 31] for your information which I shall forward by first available air mail. In response to my inquiry whether he intended taking it up with Paraguay, Saavedra Lamas said that he thought it would be better for such action to be taken by the mediating group. He spoke of the desirability of haste in forming this group in view of May 1st League meeting as well as for the purpose of avoiding the complications which might arise if Paraguay seized Villamontes and the oil wells in the surrounding country.