740.00111 A.R./1142: Telegram

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

156. Referring to the Embassy’s 149, May 21, 11 a.m., the strong domestic influence referred to included army circles which are reported to be strongly pro-German and favorable to the elements in the Conservative Party opposed to President Ortiz. Although the Government is taking strong measures against local agitators, such as the Alianza de Juventud Nacional Argentina from whom a supply of [Page 770] posters demanding Cantilo’s resignation have been confiscated, it is nevertheless apparent that the President has deemed it expedient to modify his stand on the neutrality question as expressed by the recent Foreign Office communiqué in the face of army opposition to taking a stronger attitude against Germany.