The Ambassador in Argentina ( Weddell ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 5:12 p.m.]
95. From Braden. My 93, April 19, 3 p.m. Committees who went to La Paz and Asunción have tentatively agreed upon frontier for final Conference proposal: Starting at point on Pilcomayo equidistant between D’Orbigny and Gauchalla thence 27 of November thence point where intermediary line intersects an imaginary line drawn from Ravelo to Ingavi thence to Cachalabrada (approximately 59 degrees 40 west 19 degrees 40 south) thence point on Paraguay River midway between Puerto Caballo and Puerto Pacheco plus 200,000 pounds.
Delegates who went to Asunción believe Paraguay will accept this line under pressure particularly as all of the military except one favored ceding Puerto Caballo and Zubizarreta was only civilian strongly to oppose doing so. Paraguayan Minister of War remarked to the Peruvian Ambassador Fort Galpon may have to be moved westward to remain within Paraguayan territory.
Ruiz Moreno assures me Cantilo agrees with program outlined my telegram 93, April 19, 3 p.m. and meets with Conference tomorrow. He tells me he must visit Chile promptly so Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs can get to Rio de Janeiro before May 20. Alvarado will again act ad interim which is all to the good.
Saavedra Lamas is completely out of the picture. [Braden.]