701.0010/17c: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina (Armour)

109. For your information the following message is being sent to our missions in Lima, Santiago, Montevideo, Rio, Quito, La Paz, Asunción.

“In anticipation of an early break in diplomatic relations with the Axis on the part of the country to which you are accredited, you may, in your discretion, suggest to the appropriate authorities the desirability of taking suitable measures to prevent the departure of Axis diplomats and officials and particularly of unofficial agents especially to such other American republic or republics as may not be expected to sever relations in the immediate future. A concentration of these officials and agents is obviously undesirable.”