710.H Continental Solidarity/98: Telegram

The Chargé in Brazil (Scotten) to the Acting Secretary of State

296. Following telegram to American Embassy at Lima repeated for your information:

“December 23, 10 a.m. For American delegation. Referring to your December 23, 3 a.m., Aranha said he had sent a compromise formula which had the acceptance of President Ortiz, but only as a personal contribution to the effort of finding a solution. He showed me his telegram No. 29, 5 p.m., sent yesterday to Mello Franco in which he made it clear that Mello Franco and the Brazilian delegation had full discretion in this matter because in contact with the other delegations they were in the best position to judge and make a decision.

Aranha cannot understand your statement that an agreement was reached at Lima on Thursday as his last telegram from Mello Franco, which he showed me, indicated no agreement had been reached.”