The Acting Chief of the Treaty Division (McClure) to the Secretary of State
The agreement which is to be signed by you and the Minister of Paraguay on Saturday, September 20, 1941, at 11 a.m., has been negotiated under the authority of and in conformity with the “Act to Promote the Defense of the United States”, commonly referred to as the Lend-Lease Act, approved March 11, 1941, and in conformity with the principles proclaimed in the Declaration of Lima approved at the Eighth International Conference of American States on December 24, 1938.9
Under the agreement the United States agrees, upon certain conditions, to supply defense articles and defense information to Paraguay, and Paraguay agrees that whenever it is in a position to do so without harm to its economy it will make available to the United States defense articles and defense information which the United States in its own defense or in the defense of the Americas shall require.
The agreement becomes effective when signed and will continue in effect until a date to be agreed upon between the two Governments.
- For correspondence on this Conference, see Foreign Relations, 1938, vol. v, pp. 1 ff.; for text of the Declaration of Lima, see Report of the Delegation of the United States of America to the Eighth International Conference of American States, Lima, Peru, December 9–27, 1938 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1941), p. 189.↩