740.0011 European War 1939/25215: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Uruguay (Dawson)
661. Your 949, November 2, 1 p.m. Please express to Guani my deep appreciation of his favorable reaction and cooperative attitude to the proposal that the June 30th memorandum delivered by Ambassador Bowers to the Chilean Government be made public through the Committee for Political Defense. With regard to Guani’s reservations, the Department has the following comments which you may communicate to Guani if you believe it would be helpful:
- It is believed that Fernández has now had ample opportunity to study the Chilean situation and to make his plans accordingly. The Department believes that the publication of the June 30th memorandum by an inter-American body such as the Committee for Political Defense will be of real assistance to those Chileans who favor the carrying out of Chile’s inter-American obligations. As you know, this memorandum was disregarded, if not suppressed, by those interested in the maintenance of the status quo.
- The Department does not feel that prior consent of the Chilean Government is required. (For your own confidential information, various Chilean high officials are familiar with the contents of the June 30 memorandum and intend to make use of it in certain forthcoming events in Chile, so that the document no longer has the same confidential character as when it was handed to the Chilean Government 4 months ago.)
- The Department is in full agreement that the question of publication should receive the approval of the majority of the Committee. The procedure proposed by Guani seems entirely satisfactory.