740.0011 European War 1939/1268: Telegram

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

299. With reference to the Embassy’s telegram 297, December 19, 10 a.m., and the Department’s circular December 18, 4 p.m., the Minister for Foreign Affairs has just given me the changes in the draft statement suggested by the Brazilian Government. These consist in the insertion of the following sentence at the end of first paragraph. “They are also informed of the entry and scuttling of the German war ship in waters of the River Plate upon the termination of the time limit which, in accordance with the rules of international law, was granted to it by the Government of the Republic of Uruguay.”

Also in paragraph 4 after the words strengthen the system of protection in common “through the adoption of adequate rules among them those which would prevent”. In other words this portion of the paragraph to read “strengthen the system of protection in common [Page 111]through the adoption of adequate rules among them those which would prevent belligerent vessels et cetera.”

As already stated it is presumed that these suggested changes have been taken up with the Department by the Brazilian Government. Dr. Cantilo has asked me to state that the Brazilian authorities35 suggestions meet with the approval of the Argentine Government.

Armour
  1. Hans Thomsen.