724.3415/4864: Telegram

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

45. Your 39, May 11, 10 p.m., last paragraph, stated that next meeting of commission would take place May 15, 6 p.m. Your cable 41, May 14, 9 p.m., refers to meeting held last night, May 14th. Instructions sent you in Department’s 44, May 14, 4 p.m., were, of course, intended for use at this meeting.

The views of this Government regarding the inclusion of Mexico have already been fully expressed to you. In view of the opinion expressed to the Department by the Bolivian Government that it considers the inclusion of Mexico a fundamental question, it would seem highly desirable that discussion on this point should not be permitted to delay proceedings at this time.

Consequently, when further consideration is given to this question in the next session, you may say, in presenting once more the views of this Government, that in the belief of the Government of the United States were the original Committee of Nine to be reconstituted a satisfactory adjustment of the question of the membership of the mediation commission would be arrived at; the desire of the Bolivian Government would be met; and no further reason could then apparently be advanced by Bolivia for postponing her official reply to the invitation extended by the commission. This Government strongly believes that the all important question at this moment is the facilitation of direct discussions between the Foreign Ministers of the belligerent nations in the presence of members of the mediation commission in Buenos Aires and that every effort should consequently be exerted to achieve that result at the first possible moment.