103.9151/11–845: Telegram

The Chargé in Peru (Trueblood) to the Secretary of State

1126. Rubber Development Agency here is involved in various judicial proceedings whereunder individuals are presenting claims. In absence of provisions in basic agreements bearing on legal responsibility of agency, he [it] has requested Embassy to address Foreign Office pointing out that organization is agency of United States Government, that neither he [it] nor any officer in it is empowered to participate in judicial proceedings in Peruvian courts, and recommending that Peruvian Government arrange to handle these proceedings with any valid claims resulting therefrom to be presented for discussion on diplomatic level since contempt proceedings already initiated against agency for failure to appear in Iquitos courts. The Department’s prompt instructions would be greatly appreciated.