710.Peace/272: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina (Weddell)

36. Your 67, March 18, 7 p.m. The Argentine Ambassador in Washington has already made similar representations to the Department by instruction of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I have informed the Ambassador that this Government fully shares the feeling of the Argentine Government that the proposed inter-American conference should be held at the earliest possible moment for all of the reasons mentioned in your telegram under reference. However, as Dr. Saavedra Lamas will well understand, in view of the tremendous importance of the conference, it would seem highly undesirable to fix any date until all of the participating governments are assured both of unanimous agreement upon the program as well as on the inclusion in the program of all of the projects which warrant consideration by the conference. It is the hope of this Government that within the next 2 or 3 weeks it can be ascertained what the views of the participating governments may be as to the agenda and as soon as that stage is reached it will then be feasible, in my judgment, to fix a date for the conference. It would now seem to be probable that the conference could be held with reasonable assurances of success not later than the [Page 11] 15th of July, but, as I have indicated to the Ambassador, when the time required for the formulation of the program is taken into account and the time required for the journey of the respective delegations to Buenos Aires, any date before the middle of July would seem to be unlikely of attainment.