740.0011 EW/1–2345: Telegram

The Ambassador in Venezuela ( Corrigan ) to the Secretary of State

52. I have had several fairly long informal conversations with the Foreign Minister at social gatherings since secret discussion referred to in my telegram 31, of January 16, 3 [5] p.m.

Dr. Parra-Perez has carefully and skillfully parried tentative approaches to the subject in which he knows I am deeply interested. I have thought it best to respect his reticence in view of difficult juridical and political problems involved.

Study of the juridical necessities indicates that congressional approval must be obtained requiring special session which is practically precluded. The regular session begins in April.