740.0011 EW/2–1245: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Uruguay (Dawson)

67. Reurtel 109, February 11, noon. It seems preferable not to press Uruguay to be present at the February 14 ceremony but rather to await the convening of Congress on February 19. For your strictly confidential information the Chilean and Peruvian statements do not contemplate prior Congressional approval. The Chilean statement specifically says that the matter will be submitted to Congress later. [Page 1371] This is however without prejudice to the unequivocal statement which the Chilean president is likely to make. It is preferable however that you do not inform Amézaga of this background information.

The Department would appreciate an indication from you of how soon you believe the Uruguayan action is likely to follow once Congress has convened.