033.1110 Wallace, Henry A./83: Telegram

The Ambassador in Peru (Norweb) to the Secretary of State

348. For the Acting Secretary and Duggan. The Minister for Foreign Affairs9 asked me to call on him this afternoon. He said [Page 60] that it had come to the attention of his Government that an effort would be made to arrange a meeting between Haya de la Torre10 and Mr. Wallace during the latter’s coming visit to Lima. The Minister stated that while such a meeting would be natural according to the political system in the United States it would not be understood in Peru.

I am not sure if the Minister actually had some information about the alleged plan for a meeting or was sending up a trial balloon in order to find out if I had heard anything. I told him that I knew nothing about any such plan. Obviously any such contact would not be understood by the Prado11 Government.

  1. Alfredo Solf y Muro.
  2. Leader of the political opposition party, Apra (Popular Revolutionary Alliance).
  3. President Manuel Prado Ugarteche.