411.12/2332: Telegram

The Chargé in Mexico (Boal) to the Secretary of State

93. Referring to Department’s telegram No. 97, June 12, 5 p.m. I have been given to understand that the reply to our note of June 2 regarding general claims arbitration now in preparation at the Foreign Office, while generally agreeable to the proposals therein, inquires whether it contemplates presentation of unmemorialized claims before the commissioners merely as a formality as an expedient to disposing of them permanently as claims that cannot be substantiated. Beteta43 with whom I discussed this indicates as his personal [Page 735] view that this procedure would be acceptable to the Mexican Government but that a procedure apt to open these claims for extensive investigation would not be. He feels that it is already demonstrated that these claims cannot be substantiated and that all that is necessary is to find a suitable method under the convention to dismiss them.

Please telegraph any view on this which the Department may wish me to convey before the uote is finally transmitted.

  1. Ramón Beteta, Mexican Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs.