740.00111 A.R.N.C./52: Telegram

The Under Secretary of State (Welles) to the Secretary of State

For Duggan.25 Referring to the request of the Brazilian Government26 for our views concerning most recent violation of the neutrality zone I feel that we should inform Brazil that we are prepared to join the other Republics immediately in joint protest; that we should however further state that we believe the Neutrality Committee should be requested to undertake at once the formulation of the draft replies to be submitted to all of the Republics for their approval as joint responses to be sent to the communication addressed to the President of Panama by the belligerents refusing to accede to the terms of the declaration of Panama; and that the Neutrality Committee should be further requested to expedite its preferential consideration of the implementation of the declaration.

I believe our reply while fully supporting Brazil should make it clear that in our opinion reiterated protests without the implementation above indicated would be sterile and ultimately stultifying.

  1. Laurence Duggan, Chief of the Division of the American Republics.
  2. See note from the Panamanian Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Communications, February 16, p. 695.