740.0011 EW/1–2645

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Peru (White)

No. 3840

Sir: I refer to the Department’s secret telegram no. 43 of January 12, concerning the importance of Peru’s formalizing its status by becoming a member of the United Nations. This matter is taking on added importance and, in order to present the need for early action and make his own stand clear and unequivocal, the President has considered it best to address personal letters in the premises to the Presidents of the six American republics9 concerned.

The letter addressed to the President of Peru is enclosed10 and you are requested to deliver it immediately to President Prado. A copy is likewise attached for your secret information. Similar presentations are being made at Quito, Santiago, Caracas, Montevideo and Asunción.

I wish to underline the fact that the highest importance is attached to Peru’s taking this step at the earliest possible date. I am confident that you will present the matter urgently and at the same time in its proper perspective.

Please submit a telegraphic report as soon as possible.

Very truly yours,

Joseph C. Grew
  1. Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  2. This letter was the same, mutatis mutandis, as the letter addressed to the President of Chile, printed on p. 758.