834.00/797: Telegram

The Minister in Paraguay ( Howard ) to the Secretary of State

24. My 23, February 20, 4 p.m. At a meeting of the Diplomatic Corps this evening my colleagues, with the uncertain exception of the Argentine Chargé d’Affaires, decided to call at the Foreign Office tomorrow morning in compliance with Dr. Stefanich’s invitation. [Page 863] They do not, with the exception of the Mexican [representative?], regard such action as implying recognition. I stated that I must await instructions.

In so far as can be judged the present de facto government appears able to maintain itself for the immediate future although in many quarters there still exists a feeling of uncertainty. If formal recognition is to be accorded upon this basis I can see no grounds for refusal and it would seem advisable not to delay. It would also be conducive to friendly relations with the new Government if I could join my colleagues in their call at the Foreign Office tomorrow.