810.20 Defense/344/12: Telegram

The Ambassador in Peru (Norweb) to the Secretary of State

79. My telegram No. 78, June 14, 10 p.m. A final meeting was held this evening with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Marine and Aviation, and the Minister of War. They had consulted with the President who was in complete accord with the program approved June 14. It seemed to me that after their talk with him their favorable attitude was even more positive.

All three Ministers, evidently reflecting the President’s views, again expressed the primary concern of Peru with respect to Japan. They also urged that two Marine Corps officers be sent immediately to arrange for an aviation mission; all members of the Italian mission having left Peru. The Minister for Foreign Affairs stated that his Government accepts the plan for naval patrol and search in case of actual or/and imminent danger but wishes to be consulted in all other cases. The Peruvian Government is studying the question of the exclusion of submarines. The Foreign Minister asked about the possibility of inter-American consultation in addition to the proposed general staff conferences, and I said that I had no information.

Our two representatives leave for Quito by plane Monday morning.