824.01/467: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina (Armour)

194. If Gilbert approaches you on the question raised in your telegram 247, January 28, noon, please tell him very clearly that this Government, in accordance with its inter-American commitments including the nonintervention protocol of Buenos Aires,57 has scrupulously refrained from interfering in the internal policies of other countries. This Government, therefore, will refrain from giving any specific indication as to the changes necessary in the Bolivian Junta in order to secure our recognition.

For your information only, reports received indicate that there are many persons within and without the present Junta at La Paz who realize the Junta’s shortcomings. Changes in the Junta’s setup, therefore, appear not unlikely.

  1. See Report of the Delegation of the United States of America to the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 1–23, 1936 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1937), pp. 127–128.