810.20 Defense/1435: Telegram

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

418. For the Secretary and Under Secretary.10 Last night at a banquet given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs11 for Special Panamanian Ambassador Boyd, Rossetti delivered a speech which he promised me the day before would be “basic and fundamental.” He said:

“American solidarity is a combination of the moral, economic and physical forces of these countries to conserve intact, together with their own sovereignty, the beneficial democratic norms which rule us. The solidarity agreed upon only contemplates the employment of force for the common defense in case of extra-continental aggression. Chile is disposed to participate in the defense with serene and irrevocable decision.”

This is the first strong public declaration from the Chilean Government of agreement reached with us more than a year ago.

  1. Sumner Welles.
  2. Juan B. Rossetti.