710.11/12–1545: Telegram

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

811. In recent debate in Senate Herrerista asserted Foreign Minister’s proposal had been launched in response to note from US Embassy. Foreign Minister vigorously denied assertion and stated categorically proposal was exclusively initiative of Uruguayan Foreign Office. Thursday Herrerista Deputy made similar charge in Chamber Deputies and insisted that Chamber request Foreign Office to furnish “copies of notes exchanged with US”. In editorial last evening El Diario calls for clarification whether Foreign Minister took initiative at suggestion of State Dept. Opposition is seeking desperately any means of embarrassing Govt. Latter’s support is stronger in Deputies than in Senate.