740.00111 A.R./1077: Telegram

The Ambassador in Panama (Dawson) to the Secretary of State

64. My telegram No. 63 of May 15, 4 p.m. The Panamanian Government has received further entirely favorable replies from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, and El Salvador and from Brazil a reply suggesting a change in text. Chile, Nicaragua, and Paraguay are the only countries remaining to be heard from. Text of Brazilian reply follows en clair as section 2 of present telegram.

Brazilian reply reads as follows:

“I have the honor to reply to the telegram of the 13th instant by which Your Excellency consults the Brazilian Government in the [Page 736] name of the Government of Uruguay on the propriety of a collective protest of America in the case of the invasion of Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg. I have to communicate to you that the Brazilian Government is in agreement with the Uruguayan proposal but proposes the inclusion in it of the following Argentine addition: ‘The American countries in protesting against the acts that have occurred reserve to themselves the right to take the measures which they may consider necessary for the defense of their domestic and external interests’. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration. Oswaldo Aranha.”