800.014 Antarctic/550: Telegram

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

534. The Argentine press devotes considerable space to press despatches from Santiago following the announcement of Chile’s claims in the Antarctic.

La Nación today quotes the Argentine Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs as stating that the Chilean Government had given Argentina information on its claims and had proposed the establishment of two technical committees to study Antarctic problems and to reach a friendly agreement on any differences which might arise. The Argentine National Antarctic Committee will meet today to consider the channel claims.

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A somewhat blunt and naturalistic [nationalistic] editorial in La Prensa states that in the Antarctic area Argentina has undisputed claims which are set forth in detail and the editorial calls on the Government to study the Chilean decree closely with a view to protecting Argentina’s interests. Air mail despatch follows.8

  1. Despatch No. 1524, November 9, not printed.