611.3531/1563: Telegram

The Chargé in Argentina (Tuck) to the Acting Secretary of State

339. Embassy’s 333, August 7, 7 p.m. La Prensa today carries a special news article by Harry W. Frantz bearing Washington date line August 9 reporting the forthcoming Hawkins Mission as due here in [Page 473] September to engage in new economic negotiations with Argentina. It was added that the mission would not include any of the technical experts who came here in connection with the abortive trade agreement negotiations.

Foreign Office officials when interviewed by the Associated Press concerning the story this morning stated that a mission was coming here to discuss economic problems caused by the war, but would not reopen trade agreement negotiations. They also said, but not for attribution that they were astonished and displeased that the news had been given out in Washington since they had requested that the American officials come here incognito.