810.20 Defense/679/24a: Telegram

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

94. From the Under Secretary. The Chilean Ambassador called this afternoon to say that he had been instructed by his Government to inquire whether a press report published in Santiago alleging that I had had a conference in the Department of State with the Ambassadors of Argentina and of Brazil, and the Minister of Uruguay to consider problems of continental defense was accurate.

I told the Ambassador that the report was absolutely unfounded, that no such conference had taken place, and that no suggestion had been made that such a conference take place.

The Ambassador gave no indication that he had any knowledge of the secret conversations which are to take place under your auspices in Santiago. I naturally made no mention of them.

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