611.3331/451: Telegram

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

270. Embassy’s telegram no. 355, May 9, 1 p.m., Section 1. It is our understanding from a telephone conversation May 13 with Horton Henry that the Uruguayan Government is unwilling to publish its proposed note regarding customs penalties.

Henry was informed that we would in this event prefer that the substance of the note be embodied in another paragraph of the Final Minutes, which would be subject to the last paragraph thereof, but would, if necessary, accept the assurances in the form of an unpublished exchange of notes, in which case the text of the reply note would not have to be submitted to the Department for approval.

However, on further consideration, we would prefer to drop the matter rather than record an understanding in an unpublished exchange of notes; trusting that the Uruguayans would consider sympathetically within the limits imposed by law any particular cases.