724.34119/960: Telegram

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

127. From Braden. My despatch No. 474, August 4 and letters to Welles July 29 and August 5.16 Things have taken a decided turn for the better so that I now hope for progress despite idiosyncrasies of Saavedra Lamas and Ramírez. I am discontinuing the tactics described in communications under reference until they again appear to be necessary since together with results obtained from El Mundo article they have had the desired effect:

Saavedra Lamas admits Justo has demanded solution of Chaco question during present administration. If possible final treaty to [Page 25]be formally concluded in November or December when Argentine and Brazilian Presidents meet to inaugurate international bridge at Uruguayana. The Foreign Minister for the first time in many months declares his firm belief that the final treaty can be reached by direct negotiations within the Conference. The idea of passing the problem to the World Court has been sidetracked at least temporarily.

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Paraguayan delegation under instructions from their Government have formally begun detailed exposition of their boundary pretensions as first step in the direct fundamental negotiations.
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Argentine Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday in private interview requested my Brazilian colleague to obtain my cooperation in pressing direct negotiations. Rodriguez Alves assured him of my complete collaboration and I shall take the first opportunity to do so myself.
4.
Weeks telegraphed me yesterday troops withdrawn and everything tranquil. [Braden.]
Weddell
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