740.0011 E.W./1–1145

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Paraguay (Beaulac)

No. 86

Sir: …

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The great importance, not only to Paraguay but also to the inter-American system, of the American Republics standing shoulder to shoulder in this war as full members of the United Nations and taking part on an absolutely equal footing in the international deliberations ahead, cannot be over-emphasized. If Paraguay and the other five American Republics1 would put themselves in a position to adhere to the United Nations Declaration,2 this action would certainly help to speed the conclusion of the war.

Please present this situation at once to the President3 or the Foreign Minister,4 stating that it is also being brought to the attention of the Governments of Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. You should use with great discretion and great care the points mentioned above, emphasizing that we feel Paraguay in its own interest will desire to give this matter immediate attention. You will realize that Paraguay’s reaction to this proposition is likely to be negative unless it is presented as a significant opportunity for Paraguay to improve its own position and at the same time to make a positive contribution not only to inter-American solidarity in the war but also to the building of an international security organization.

You should impress upon the President or the Foreign Minister the importance of keeping this matter entirely confidential at this time, [Page 1280] and inform him that we are not bringing it to the attention of his Ambassador here.5

Please report by cable as soon as you have presented this matter to the appropriate authority.

Very truly yours,

Joseph C. Grew
  1. i.e., the American Republics in addition to Paraguay which had broken relations with the Axis and were making common cause with the United States but had not entered into a state of war.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1942, vol. i, p. 25.
  3. Higínio Morínigo.
  4. Horacio Chiriani.
  5. Celso R. Velasquez.