710.Consultation 4/10–245: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil ( Berle ) to the Secretary of State

3032. Substance of Department’s telegram 2354 of October 1, 5 p.m.,18 conveyed orally this afternoon to Secretary General Foreign Office.19 Latter indicated that Department’s views favoring postponement of proposed Inter-American Conference at Rio de Janeiro had already been communicated by Brazilian Embassy and were currently being studied by Foreign Minister Velloso and President Vargas. Later in afternoon after seeing Foreign Minister, Secretary General Muniz said that Brazil understood our point of view but favored alternative procedure for postponing conference. To avoid delay resulting from need to consult other American Republics in response to request from United States for postponement, Brazil proposes that announcement for postponement be made by Pan-American Union to all countries simultaneously. Muniz indicated special meeting of Governing Board of Union might be called for purpose of discussing matter and drafting announcement of postponement. Muniz expressed full agreement with urgency of matter particularly considering some delegates already embarking for Rio.

Foregoing for background information of Department and not to be considered as official reply from Brazilian Foreign Office, which is understood to be sending similar instructions to Brazilian Embassy at Washington.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Joao Carlos Muniz.