701.0024/26: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Weddell)

123. Following telegram has been received from La Paz:

“135. March 5, 6 p.m. Minister of Foreign Affairs48a tells me Spanish Chargé d’Affaires has just shown him long cable from Spanish Foreign Office stating in effect that since the United States has agreed in principle to repatriation of German diplomatic representatives through Buenos Aires he should make arrangements for their transportation to that city. In view of Department’s 113, February 28, midnight,49 I have told Minister that I am sure telegram is incorrect but would appreciate immediate confirmation from Department so as to hold Minister to his promise to have Axis personnel sent to Arica on March 12 for embarkation about March 20 to New York.”

Please inform the Foreign Office (1) that the Brazilian Government is arranging for the direct repatriation from Brazil of European Axis officials now in Brazil and Paraguay; (2) that the Uruguayan Government is arranging for the direct repatriation of European Axis nationals from Uruguay; (3) that European Axis officials in all of the other American Republics which have broken relations with the Axis are to be repatriated via the United States; (4) that the Argentine Government has recognized the impracticability of the repatriation [Page 331] via Argentina of Axis officials from the other American Republics and has informed this Government as well as the German Chargé at Buenos Aires that it can give no further consideration to this project.

  1. Eduardo Anse Matienso.
  2. See footnote 31, p. 321.