Memorandum of Conversation, by the Under Secretary of State (Welles)

The Ambassador of Brazil left with me the attached memorandum which he had just received from Foreign Minister Aranha.

I asked the Ambassador to let Dr. Aranha know that I was heartily in accord with his own views as expressed in this memorandum but that I felt it was very important that some place be agreed upon where representatives of the three friendly Governments as well as representatives of Peru and Ecuador could meet in the near future so as to give both Peru and Ecuador the assurance that something practical was being done. Once this step had been taken, I said, the soundings and confidential conversations back and forth could take place in accordance with Dr. Aranha’s suggestions.

The Ambassador said he entirely agreed with my own point of view and that he would inform Dr. Aranha accordingly.

S[umner] W[elles]

The Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Aranha) to the Brazilian Ambassador (Martins)


I approve the text of the telegram of appeal to be sent tomorrow to the Foreign Ministries of the Governments of Ecuador and Peru, [Page 228] on the understanding, however, that the tripartite action of the Governments of Brazil, the United States, and Argentina can attain some success now only if it is directed toward establishing a modus faciendi to be followed subsequently, since Peru, in its telegram of the 13th of this month, does not accept discussion of the main issue, declaring that it would accept good offices only for the purpose of restoring the atmosphere of sincere cooperation between the litigants. After reaching agreement on the procedure to be followed, the three countries would seek in confidential negotiations a formula that would reconcile the views of the parties.

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