835.51/1514: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Argentina (Reed)

1385. Despatch no. 6137, August 14, 1942.6 Central Bank’s authorization of the remittance of Reichsmarks to Berlin is of deep concern to the Department. It is assumed that you have informed or will inform the Central Bank that this transaction is clearly inconsistent with Resolution No. I adopted by the recent Inter-American Conference in Washington7 and that it is viewed with disfavor by the Department. You may also in your discretion state that authorization of transactions of this character must inevitably raise doubts concerning the general application of Argentine controls in accordance with the Resolutions adopted by the Inter-American Conference.

The British are sending similar instructions to Simon.8

  1. Not printed.
  2. Inter-American Conference on Systems of Economic and Financial Control, June 30 to July 10, 1942; Resolution I aimed at severing completely all financial and commercial ties between the Western Hemisphere and the Axis.
  3. Walter Simon, Financial Adviser and First Secretary of the British Embassy in Argentina.