740.00111 A.R./1051/½

Memorandum of Telephone Conversation, by Mr. Philip W. Bonsal of the Division of the American Republics

In accordance with Mr. Duggan’s instructions, Mr. Bonsal telephoned Minister Wilson at Montevideo and told him that the Department is in agreement with the text drafted by the Uruguayan Government of a statement to be made by the American republics in regard to the invasion of Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg by Germany (see section 2 of Montevideo’s telegram no. 65, May 12, 7 p.m.).

Mr. Wilson stated that the final paragraph of the statement had been modified to read “The American Republics therefore resolve to protest” instead of “The American Republics therefore find themselves forced to protest”.

Dr. Guani has spoken to Dr. Cantilo59 and to Senhor Aranha60 regarding this matter and states that although they have not seen the proposed text, they are agreed “in principle”.

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Mr. Wilson stated that a press item in a Montevideo newspaper this morning led him to believe that there is a possibility that Chile may not go along with the contemplated procedure. He said that, in that event, Dr. Guani is of the opinion that the other American republics should make the proposed statement, indicating specifically the names of the republics adhering to it.

Mr. Wilson will inform us promptly of the names of the countries to which the Uruguayan Government wishes us to circulate this text.

  1. José María Cantilo, Argentine Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  2. Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs.