724.34119/1230: Telegram

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

42. From Braden. My 41, February 25, 6 p.m.13 General Justo was greatly moved by designation as Honorary Chairman, displayed real interest in Chaco and requested us to call on him for assistance at all times. At his suggestion it was agreed that on his return to Buenos Aires at the end of the week he would go thoroughly into fundamental question with me.

The junior Peruvian delegate, ex-President’s confidential secretary and I are satisfied we convinced him a final solution was possible at an early date. Therefore it is now up to Ortiz to make him accept active Chairmanship of Conference. I am optimistic that we may get his services. Even from the viewpoint of internal politics it would be wise move for him, on the other hand if Paraguayan delegation got wind of plan sensing that it would end their stalling tactics they would try to discourage him. [Braden.]

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