710.Peace/32: Telegram

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

19. For Braden. Your 22, February 6, 7 p.m. The views advanced by Dr. Saavedra Lamas and the information conveyed are extremely valuable to the Department.

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For the time being, I feel you had better limit yourself to advising the Foreign Minister that the President will necessarily await the receipt from the Presidents of the American Republics of their replies to his recent communication inasmuch as he is confident that many helpful suggestions will be contained in those replies. As soon as these replies are received and time has been afforded for study of the suggestions which they contain, this Government will avail itself of the privilege of exchanging views with regard thereto with the Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs.

For your strictly confidential information. Should the response to the President’s communication be satisfactory, the Department will create a special committee here to undertake the preparation of such plans or formula as this Government may desire to submit for consideration at the proposed conference.

With reference to your paragraph 6 for the reason above indicated, it would be preferable to have any concrete suggestions which Dr. Saavedra Lamas may care to advance for our consideration submitted to the Department by the Argentine Ambassador at Washington. This, of course, however, does not imply that you should not report to the Department any conversations you may have with the Foreign Minister bearing upon these topics and which, in your judgment, would be of value to your Government in the formulation of our own plans.