The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Bowers)

No. 889

The Secretary of State encloses for the information of the Ambassador a translation of a Project for a Joint Declaration Concerning Humanization of War, presented by the Chilean Ambassador at Washington, November 26, 1941.14 It was proposed that this declaration [Page 45] be made by all the American republics, to the attention of which copies of the draft declaration were brought by the Chilean representatives, with the request that their views be ascertained.

As will be observed from the enclosed memorandum of conversation of November 27 with the Chilean Ambassador,15 the Ambassador was informed that while this Government fully sympathized with the objectives in mind, association by the United States with the other American governments in an appeal to Germany for the humanization of war might jeopardize any possible success of such an appeal.

  1. See note from the Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador in Chile, November 25, and footnote 12, p. 42.
  2. Ante, p. 43.