740.0011 European War 1939/32814b: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Representatives in the American Republics Except Argentina and Bolivia

You should immediately inform the Foreign Minister of the following:

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The Argentine Government this morning has given this Government definite assurance that they will break off diplomatic relations with Germany before noon January 29.

In view of this assurance all reference concerning Argentina is being omitted from the statement which I am issuing today concerning the non-recognition of Bolivia.13

Ambassador Armour is being requested to remain in Buenos Aires to await developments and has been requested to inform the Argentine Government that this Government expects them to comply in full with all their commitments taken at the Rio Conference.

The Executive Order freezing Argentine assets in this country is being held up.

Please say that we would be glad to have the Foreign Minister’s reaction and suggestions in the premises.

  1. For text of this statement, see Department of State Bulletin, January 29, 1944, p. 132.