823.30/225: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Peru (Steinhardt)

6. Your despatch no. 213, January 17. Peruvian Ambassador will sign this week the first of a series of contracts for the services in an advisory capacity with the Peruvian Navy of four officers and five petty officers.

The employment of this personnel is being effected by individual contracts and not by a formal agreement between the two governments. Accordingly, it is deemed advisable to refer to them as “United States Naval Advisers” rather than “United States Naval Mission.”

Announcement of the foregoing will be released to the press for publication in Thursday’s papers. It is hoped that release at Lima can be made simultaneously with release here.