800.8830/1598: Telegram

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

454. My telegram 433, May 29, 5 p.m. I discussed the utilization of the Uruguayan vessels with Guani yesterday acquainting him with the Department’s views as expressed in its telegram 303, May 27, 7 p.m.

Guani told me very frankly that there is no present likelihood that the Government will change its policy of direct operation of the vessels. He said that it would be inadvisable to press the matter and that Moore-McCormack should remain quiet for the time being.

I feel that for the present we should confine ourselves to efforts to induce the Uruguayans to operate the vessels as efficiently and expeditiously as possible. The Naval Attaché and I will continue to urge them to cooperate in this manner and I shall take advantage of the first suitable opportunity to discuss this phase of the question with the President.