710 Consultations (3)/44

Memorandum by Mr. Louis J. Halle, Jr., of the Division of the American Republics

Response of the Other American Republics to the United States Proposal That a Conference of Foreign Ministers Be Called

(2nd Bulletin)

Since this morning’s bulletin,14 word has been received that Colombia will accept the proposal for a conference, thereby bringing the total number of republics which have expressed agreement to fifteen, as follows:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Panama
  • Uruguay
  • Paraguay
  • Venezuela

(Chile is included above on the basis of her original proposal of such a conference.15)

Information has not yet been received from:

  • Bolivia
  • Cuba
  • Nicaragua

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Mexico’s Foreign Minister16 has given assurances of a prompt reply, but no reply has yet been made.

Peru’s response must be classed as doubtful.

Since this morning, Costa Rica has offered the suggestion that the meeting be held in Washington. The same suggestion had already been offered by Guatemala and Venezuela. (Instructions are being sent to our representatives in these three countries informing them that, according to Resolution XVII of Habana, this next meeting must be held in Rio de Janeiro).

Other incidental comments were as follows: Ecuador—The Foreign Minister considers that his attendance at the proposed meeting while Ecuadoran soil is still occupied by Peruvian troops would be humiliating. Peru—The Foreign Minister is worried that the Ecuadoran boundary question may be raised at the meeting. Honduras, while agreeing to the meeting, does not believe it necessary at this time.

  1. Not printed.
  2. See telegram of December 9 from the Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Pan American Union, p. 119.
  3. Ezequiel Padilla.