740.0011 Pacific War/795: Telegram

The Ambassador in Peru ( Norweb ) to the Secretary of State

662. Department’s circular telegram dated December 7, 10 p.m. I saw the President and most members of the Cabinet this morning. The President is speaking at a luncheon being given him by members of Congress and his statements will form the basis of a reply regarding the position of Peru already indicated in the President’s message62 to President Roosevelt.

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The President expressed his appreciation of the reply to his acceptance message to President Roosevelt.

I was assured that appropriate measures have been put into effect by the Peruvian Government, including in shore patrol by air craft, off shore patrol by naval vessels, increased guards for airports and other vital areas and control and observation of all movements of Japanese inside and outside of the country. Full cooperation was promised with respect to communication facilities including radio, telegraph and mail.

The Peruvian Government is interested that an effort will be made to maintain existing United States shipping services.

Arrangements have been made for the active cooperation of the American colony according to plans already made.

  1. See telegram No. 656, December 7, 7 p.m., from the Ambassador in Peru, p. 109.