740.00111 A.R./1067: Telegram

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

73. For the Ambassador from the Under Secretary. Your May 15, 10 p.m. and our telephone conversation of this morning. After full consideration I do not see how this Government can approve the suggested Argentine modification, even with the certainty that the Argentine Government would be willing to withdraw its proposal for such modification. The language used in the proposal is so broad as to be liable to almost any construction.

I consequently suggest that you have an informal talk with Dr. Cantilo and say that this Government is, of course, prepared to give the most attentive and friendly consideration to any suggestion proffered by the Argentine Government with regard to inter-American affairs or concerning any other matter they desire to bring to our attention, but that, since it is our understanding by word received from the Uruguayan Government that the Argentine Government has withdrawn its proposal to modify the Uruguayan text of a joint declaration, further consideration on our part would not seem to be required at this juncture. You should then say that because of the desirability of demonstrating the existence of complete unity on the part of all of the American Republics in these critical times and since many other governments have already approved the Uruguayan text, it is hoped that complete accord may be had in the near future on the part of all of the governments with regard to the text proposed. In your discretion you might wish to add that there was no preliminary conversation between the Uruguayan Government and this Government with regard to the Uruguayan proposal and that the first knowledge which the Government of the United States had of the Uruguayan suggestion was when the American Minister at Montevideo was informed of the suggestion on May 11.

Please telegraph any observations which may be made to you by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.