710.11/12–2045: Telegram

The Chargé in El Salvador (Gade) to the Secretary of State

352. Foreign Minister62 in reply to my note containing Secretary’s statement on Uruguayan initiative states that his Government cannot agree with Uruguayan Foreign Minister’s conclusions, although accepting parallelism between democracy and peace. He says, “My Government considers that rule of action proposed by distinguished Uruguayan Foreign Minister would weaken if not overthrow principle of nonintervention whose maintenance is indispensable and of vital importance to the respect for the sovereignty of our countries and to the establishment on the Continent of an atmosphere of confidence and peace. To accept it, would be to establish a dangerous precedent especially for the weak countries” after asserting that El Salvador has always supported doctrine of nonintervention, he asserts that the same reason against intervention by one state applies to collective intervention. He declares “moreover there is serious doubt whether the proposal of the distinguished Uruguayan Foreign Minister could be included in the international American juridical system as a regional agreement compatible with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” In conclusion he states that his Government agrees to discuss the matter at the Rio Conference.

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  1. Hector Escobar Serrano.
  2. Not printed.