740.0011 European War 1939/3730: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina (Armour) to the Secretary of State

209. The Minister for Foreign Affairs50 telephoned me last night to say that he and the President50a had just been reading with some concern the Associated Press text of President Vargas’s speech delivered in Rio yesterday. Dr. Cantilo said that, while he did not wish to pass judgment until they had the full text, the sentiments expressed by President Vargas would seem to be at variance with the views held by the Argentine Government and what he and the President had supposed also represented those of the other American Republics. Dr. Cantilo indicated that if fuller accounts substantiated this early impression he might wish to discuss this matter with me further today.

Telegrams from Washington in the morning papers today indicate some concern in official circles regarding the speech. I should appreciate any background the Department feels might be useful in the event the Minister of Foreign Affairs desires to discuss the matter further.

  1. José María Cantilo.
  2. Roberto M. Ortiz.