724.34119/1053: Telegram

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

193. From Braden. Your 93, October 6, 7 p.m. No authoritative information available here as to the attitude which will be assumed [Page 26]by new Paraguayan delegation due to arrive here October 10. In that connection see my despatch 512 of September 29.18 However, my colleagues and I are of the opinion that Paraguayans will not accept the regulations; what reasons will be adduced remains to be seen. If the regulations adopted April 23 are not accepted the Paraguayan delegation may cooperate in drafting new ones. Should they not do so I feel the Conference should by appropriate resolution place the onus on Paraguay for the failure to arrive at security regulations, with corollary responsibility for any unfortunate consequence their absence might entail in the Chaco; the Conference thereupon demanding active continuation of negotiations on the fundamental question.

The Bolivian delegate prior to his departure for La Paz agreed with my Brazilian colleague and me that providing active negotiations on the fundamental question were actually under way his country would if necessary abandon transit over the road thus removing that sore point from our deliberations. [Braden.]

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