740.0011 E W /2–445: Telegram

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

128. Reurtel 122, February 4, 7 p.m. In order for this Government, as depository for Declaration by United Nations, to accept the adherence of Peru, we should have a formal statement from the Peruvian Government that Peru is in a status equivalent to being “at war” with Germany or Japan or both. The expression “at war” is used in the United Nations Declaration. In presenting this matter to the Foreign Minister please show him copy of the Declaration, sent with our instruction 1067 of March 25, 1942.18

By following the formula contained in paragraph number 6 of Department’s telegram 43 of January 12 and in your 122 of February 4, 7 p.m., it would appear that Peru would be in a position to make a formal statement as indicated above. However, this is of course a matter which Peru must determine.

Please telegraph immediately whether contemplated action would be against Germany or Japan or both.

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