701.0023/26: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Peru ( Norweb )

158. Your 156, February 15, noon.26 This Government will be able to provide transportation for and accommodation in the United States for the 70 undesirable Axis non-officials as well as the 186 Axis nationals mentioned in the third substantive paragraph of your 138, February 11, 8 p.m.26

For reasons of national security all non-official persons will be maintained in protective custody in the United States pending an ultimate general exchange of non-official persons. The Department hopes that such an exchange can be arranged after the official exchange takes place. Because of lack of facilities this Government will find it necessary as a temporary measure to separate families. However, steps are being taken to provide adequate facilities in the near future to accommodate families as a unit.

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