103.9151/11–845: Telegram

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

1054. Discuss orally with Foreign Minister R.D.C. cases referred to in Dept’s 1012, Nov 10. With reference to suit relating to taking of sand, say Dept is informed that there was an understanding between R.D.C. and Peruvian Foreign Office that former would be free to take sand from the lands in question.

As to suits of employees, R.D.C. assures Dept that it is willing to pay such amount in each case as Peruvian Labor Office considers due, and that compensation paid or offered to employees was in accordance with determination made by Labor Office.

Endeavor to have cases disposed of in accordance with above understandings and suits withdrawn. Unless this is done it may be necessary to assert sovereign immunity.