740.0011 European War 1939/2157: Telegram

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

103. In discussing with the Minister for Foreign Affairs the situation in Europe arising out of the German invasion of Denmark and [Page 725] Norway,47 the possibility of some form of declaration or protest along the lines taken at the time of Russia’s invasion of Finland48 was raised. Dr. Cantilo said that his Government was not considering any individual action and that if anything was to be done, he felt that our Government was clearly the one to take the initiative. Should we be considering anything in this nature, however, and invite the other American Republics to join, his Government would, he felt, be glad to consider it.

The Associated Press correspondent tells me that the Minister for Foreign Affairs mentioned to their Foreign Office correspondent—not for publication—that he had discussed this matter with me as well as with the Brazilian Ambassador.

  1. German troops invaded Denmark and Norway on April 9, 1940.
  2. See Foreign Relations, 1939, vol. v, pp. 128 ff.