852.00/2723: Telegram

The Third Secretary of Embassy in Spam (Wendelin) to the Secretary of State

X–73. British Chargé d’Affaires informed me today that he was called into conference this morning with German, Italian and French Chargé d’Affaires, Chilean Ambassador Acting Dean of the Diplomatic Corps to discuss question of withdrawal of diplomatic missions from Madrid. He gained the impression that Germans and Italians wish to leave but desire similar action by British. French Chargé d’Affaires maintained reserve but apparently would be influenced by British decision. Chargé d’Affaires of Great Britain informed other representatives that he had no intention of leaving Madrid. It was then suggested that Spanish Government might be asked to establish “Jornada” at Alicante to which diplomatic missions might go. British Chargé d’Affaires declared that if this were done he might send subordinate personnel to Alicante but he himself would remain here.

I am entirely of the same opinion as the British. As reported in my telegram No. X–60 of August 16, 11 a.m. certain powers apparently seeking withdrawal diplomatic missions from Madrid to embarrass Spanish Government. In my opinion local conditions do not at present justify withdrawal of missions for reasons of personal safety.