810.20 Defense/2–1645: Telegram

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

165. It is agreed by the State, War, and Navy Departments that Military and Naval Staff conversations with Peru should start March 19. Refer Department’s secret circular instruction August 1, 1944,23 [Page 1318] January 10, 1945.24 Please consult the Foreign Minister and cable Department whether that date is agreeable to the Peruvian Government.

Conversations in Peru will be under the supervision of General Brett25 and Admiral Kingman.26 They will get in touch with you directly concerning details of the conversations. General Brett will provide you with a program outlining the purpose of the conversations and the topics to be discussed. On receipt of it please transmit the program to the Peruvian authorities, unless you receive [perceive] objection in order that they may be prepared in advance.

It is emphasized that the forthcoming staff conversations are entirely exploratory in nature, will involve no commitments by either party, and will be confined to technical military and naval discussions, not to include political matters.27

  1. Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. vii, p. 105.
  2. Ante, p. 600.
  3. Lt. Gen. George H. Brett, Commanding General, Caribbean Defense Command.
  4. Rear Adm. Howard F. Kingman, Commander, Panama Sea Frontier.
  5. Ambassador White reported in his telegram 181, February 23, 1945, midnight, that Peru was agreeable to the beginning of conversations (810.20 Defense/2–2345).