740.00111 A.R.–Subs/25

The Ambassador in Chile (Bowers) to the Secretary of State

No. 721

Sir: Referring to the Department’s circular telegram of June 13, 8 p.m., and to my telegrams Nos. 134 and 136 of June 20, 4 p.m., and June 20, 6 p.m. respectively,32 I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of Chilean Decree No. 1, 120, dated July 8, 1940, as published in the Diario Oficial of today’s date.33

The decree prohibits entry into Chilean ports and entry or navigation in Chilean territorial waters to belligerent submarines except in necessity arising from stress of weather or damages. In substance, the phrasing appears to cover the purpose of the comparable Executive Orders in present force in the United States. At one time I was informed that the Government had decided to include naval aircraft carriers as well as submarines in the decree, but this idea has apparently been abandoned.

Respectfully yours,

Claude G. Bowers
  1. Telegrams Nos. 134 and 136 not printed.
  2. The decree is published in the issue of August 6, 1940.