740.0011 European War 1939/28835: Telegram

The Ambassador in Bolivia (Boal) to the Secretary of State

639. The Bolivian Council of National Defense has now recommended to President Peñaranda that he decree general mobilization and declare that a state of war exists between Bolivia and the Axis Powers. The declaration of war would be provisional and would depend upon eventual approval by Bolivian Congress which would be called into a special session for that purpose probably after the return of President Peñaranda from the United States.

I expect that President Peñaranda will act upon this recommendation of the Council of National Defense while Vice President Wallace is in Bolivia.32

  1. For correspondence concerning the Vice President’s trip, see pp. 55 ff.