740.0011 European War 1939/4048
The Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery) to
the Secretary of State
Janeiro, June 14, 1940.
Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 275 of
June 13, 8 p.m., I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and
translation of the text of the official statement issued through the
Department of Press and Propaganda, for the purpose of clarifying the
address which President [Page 623] Vargas
made on June 11, the text of which was transmitted under cover of my
despatch No. 3140 of even date.55
For the Ambassador:
Secretary of Embassy
Communiqué Issued by the Department of Press
The address made by President Getulio Vargas on June 11 does not
bring about any alteration in Brazil’s foreign policy. Its only
object was the internal life of the country as well as to call the
attention of the Brazilian people to the transformation the world is
undergoing, thus justifying the necessity of strengthening the State
both economically and militarily.
The President of the Republic sought, moreover, to arouse the
attention of his countrymen, warning them against discouragement and
pessimism. As regards ideas on political, social and economic
organization, what he said merely reiterates previous assertions.
This speech is a warning, a call to reality, which disconcerts only
apathetic spirits, accustomed to every-day comfort.
Brazil’s foreign policy is one of entire American solidarity in the
common defense of our Continent against any attack from outside. Our
country, on the other hand, does not intervene in European
conflicts, maintaining strict neutrality. The relations between
Brazil and the other American nations, especially the United States,
have never been as good as they are now.