740.00111 A.R./1046: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery) to the Secretary of State

213. With reference to Buenos Aires telegram No. 137, May 12, 6 p.m. Aranha received this morning the text of the statement given to the press by Cantilo (second to the last paragraph of Ambassador Armour’s telegram 137, May 12, 6 p.m.); also another telegram from his Ambassador at Buenos Aires telling of a conversation he had with Cantilo, latter told him of his intention to give the statement to the press. Cantilo spoke of how careful he had been not to let anything [Page 766] be known of the conversations he had had with Ambassador Armour and referred to their having been “revealed” at Washington.

Cantilo then spoke of Guam’s suggestion for a “continental declaration”95 and observed Rodrígues Alves “remarked ironically that he assumed they were made in accord with the United States of America.”

Aranha received also a telegram from his Ambassador at Montevideo reporting about the Uruguayan suggestion for a “continental declaration relative to violations of neutrality, et cetera”. The Brazilian Ambassador added that Guani had given details of this matter to Minister Wilson.

Aranha says that in his opinion it is imperative for Brazil and the United States to take some definite position on these matters without delay for otherwise he fears that a most disagreeable situation will arise. He feels that we should at once put forward some constructive suggestions. He urgently requested the Department to let him have an immediate reply.

Repeated to Buenos Aires.

  1. See pp. 727 ff.