710 Conference W And PW/1–1745: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Mexico (Messersmith)

97. With regard to Padilla’s invitation to the conference, you are requested, unless you perceive serious objection, to take up with him the possibility of returning to the original wording for the fourth item of the agenda, i.e., “other problems of immediate concern to the participating governments”. This Government of course envisages under this item of the proposed agenda the discussion mentioned by Señor Padilla of the resolution adopted by the Governing Board of the Pan American Union on January 8 and, indeed, of the entire Argentine problem;15 but it does not feel that it is advisable strongly to confirm, by devoting an entire item on the agenda to the Argentine question, the public impression that the American republics are giving special importance to it at the conference. There may, moreover, be other points of immediate concern which other republics may wish to raise and which could not properly be included under any other point in the agenda.

  1. For documentation on the problems attendant upon the recognition of the Farrell régime, see pp. 366 ff.