865.85/370: Telegram

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

131. Reference Department’s circular telegrams of April 17, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. I presented the preliminary text of the resolution to the Minister for Foreign Affairs10 this morning as well as the substance of the circular telegram of April 17, 8 p.m. Doctor Solf immediately pointed out that though the text of the resolution is in line with the note of the Uruguayan Government the manner in which we propose to use the vessels is different in that in addition to aiding inter-American trade we advance the cause of Great Britain. He added that Peru would support the resolution in so far as the use of the vessels in inter-American trade was concerned which would be only course possible under the Peruvian neutrality law. The Minister commented ruefully that the action contemplated was rather late and that in any event Peru had a Danish ship which it proposed to use solely for inter-American commerce.

The Minister said that in view of the urgency of the matter he would place it before the Cabinet which is meeting this afternoon.

  1. Alfredo Solf y Muro.