810.20 Defense/67 7/24t: Telegram

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

87. From the Under Secretary. Your 103, May 25, 11 a.m. If you have not yet had a reply from the Minister for Foreign Affairs please call on him immediately. You may say that the replies which have [Page 53] been received from the other principal republics in South America are favorable, and that it would seem clear that if action is to be effective and is to be developed in its initial stages in the secrecy required, it must be undertaken without delay.

With this in mind schedules have been prepared for the various officers to proceed immediately to the different capitals concerned.

For your confidential information, which you may communicate to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as soon as you have received a favorable reply, Captain B. L. Canaga, U. S. Navy, and Lt. Col. A. R. Harris, U. S. Army, have been designated to undertake the conversations with the Chilean authorities and if the response is favorable will arrive in Santiago on Panagra plane June 7. They will travel on special passports and carry credentials as diplomatic couriers. [Welles.]