Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Mexican Affairs (Reed)

Dr. Luis Quintanilla, Counselor of the Mexican Embassy, called this morning and gave me a message for Mr. Welles,59 more or less as follows:

“Much as the Mexican Government appreciates the interest of the United States Government in endeavoring to have an invitation extended to Mexico, as well as to the Governments of Cuba and Colombia, to participate in the Chaco proceedings at Buenos Aires, the Mexican Government, in view of the circumstances, would find itself compelled to decline such an invitation if it were now extended. The other governments participating in the peace conference are being similarly advised.”

Dr. Quintanilla added that he was very anxious that Mr. Welles receive this message as soon as possible, in order to avoid the embarrassment that might result should an invitation to Mexico be extended.

Edward L. Reed
  1. Sumner Welles, Assistant Secretary of State.