724.3415/4864: Telegram

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

41. Embassy’s 39, May 11, 10 p.m., confidential.

1. At Chaco meeting today the same representatives were present. Minister for Foreign Affairs read telegram received from Paraguayan Foreign Minister accepting invitation to come to Buenos Aires as well as a telegram received from Bolivian Foreign Minister from Bolivian general headquarters stating that Elio, upon his early return to La Paz to consult President, would give a formal reply immediately. He also read telegram just received from the Argentine Minister in La Paz reporting that latter had been assured Bolivia’s reply would be forthcoming today or tomorrow.

2. Minister for Foreign Affairs read a second telegram from Bolivian Minister for Foreign Affairs stating that Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the United States and Peru had indicated that they would view with pleasure Mexican inclusion in the mediating group and suggesting to the group convenience of extending such invitation officially to Mexico. I informed those present of your views concerning this question contained in paragraph 2 Department’s telegram No. 41, May 10, 8 p.m.

There ensued a lengthy discussion, to which I listened, concerning the possible consequences were the mediating group so augmented as to become practically a pan-American conference. The question of Mexican inclusion is being referred by the Ambassadors present to their Governments.

3. Another meeting has been called for May 16, 6 p.m. by which time it is hoped that the Bolivian reply to the invitation will have arrived. Consideration was given to the advisability, if the Bolivian Foreign Minister has not replied by Thursday evening, of the mediating group sending him a further telegram expressing hope for a prompt reply and stating that the question of Mexican inclusion is under consideration.

Please instruct on this latter point.

Cox