710.H Agenda/146

Memorandum of Conversation, by the Under Secretary of State (Welles)

The Argentine Ambassador64 called to see me this afternoon at my request. I told him that I had discussed with the Secretary of State the instructions to the Argentine delegation to the Lima Conference which the Argentine Government had been good enough to communicate to us,65 and I went over with him point by point the instructions as he had conveyed them to me and indicated our own feeling with regard to all of the matters involved.

I further told the Ambassador that this Government was preparing a project of coordination of peace machinery, not as yet with any fixed intention of presenting it at the conference, but perhaps solely for the purpose of having it available should it be seen that there was a genuine desire on the part of the delegates to accept such a project. I told the Ambassador that as soon as we had completed the project66 a copy of it would be transmitted immediately to his Government for its information and that should the United States delegation have any further specific proposals to present to the conference his Government would likewise be informed thereof.

The Ambassador expressed gratification that the points of view of this Government and of his own Government were so similar, as was evident by the comments I made upon the instructions to his own delegation.

S[umner] W[elles]
  1. Felipe A. Espil.
  2. See supra.
  3. Report of the Delegation of the United States of America to the Eighth International Conference of American States, p. 193.