710. Consultation (3)A/49: Telegram

The Ambassador in Uruguay (Dawson) to the Secretary of State

327. For Chapin4 from Spaeth. No. 7. Brazilian member has introduced a resolution which recommends that all of the Republics require nationals of the Tripartite Pact5 and states subservient to them, as well as organizations of all kinds controlled by such nationals, to file periodic reports as a condition precedent to receiving a certificate of good conduct. The required reports would include statements as to whether the Axis national or organization has contributed funds or property in the interest of the Tripartite Pact, participated [Page 76]in any manner in any activity on behalf of the Tripartite Pact, or had knowledge of such activity on the part of others. Substantial fines or imprisonment would be imposed for failure to report, for falsification of the reports, and for any repetition of pro-Axis activities actually disclosed. The proposal is not only designed to put additional pressure upon enemy groups, but would afford nationals of the Tripartite Pact who are friendly to the democracies, an opportunity to establish their loyalty and by so doing, to free themselves from prejudice or discrimination under local laws. In addition, the proposal seems to have the merit of hitting directly at a basic problem pending the preparation of more comprehensive recommendations on the subject of registration and identification. Full text of proposal will be sent airmail pouch.6 [Spaeth.]

  1. Selden Chapin, Assistant Chief, Division of the American Republics.
  2. Between Japan, Germany, and Italy, signed at Berlin, September 27, 1940; for text, see League of Nations Treaty Series, vol. cciv, p. 386.
  3. Text of Brazilian proposal transmitted to Department as Exhibit 0 of Report No. 2, May 1, by Mr. Spaeth (710. Consultation (3) A/62).