833.00N/39: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Uruguay ( Wilson )

42. Your 84. It is our view that if the Uruguayan Government under its constitution and laws possesses a legal right to search the premises of persons suspected of subversive activities there would be no justification for a protest by a foreign government against such searches. It is a well-known principle of international law that foreigners must submit to the laws of the country in which they find themselves unless such laws are contrary to generally accepted international law. Inasmuch as generally accepted international law admits the right of a country, in accordance with its municipal legislation, to make such searches, there would seem to be no ground for protest.

In conveying the foregoing to Dr. Guani, please express to him our gratification regarding this further evidence of confidence of the Uruguayan Government in this Government.