835.01/3–3145: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Representatives in the American Republics

The following is for your secret information but you should bear it in mind in any discussions regarding the Argentine situation which you may have with officials of the country to which you are accredited.

At a meeting of the Secretary’s staff today it was agreed that if everything continued to proceed in a satisfactory manner recognition should shortly be extended to Argentina by the other American republics, probably on April 9.

Following the staff conference Mr. Rockefeller24 met with the Ambassadors of Venezuela, Ecuador and Chile25 for final drafting of the proposed resolution for the Pan American Union (see circular telegram of today,26 with text). At that time and when he met later with the Ambassador of Brazil and the Chargé d’Affaires of Colombia27 he discussed and reached informal agreement that the Governments would commence to exchange views regarding reestablishment of relations with Argentina after the signature by the Argentine Government of the Final Act of Mexico, but that none of the Governments would formally reestablish relations before April 9. It was understood between them that if everything continued to proceed satisfactorily [Page 373] the present thinking was that each nation individually would reestablish its relations on April 9.

In any talks which you may have with appropriate officials of the Government to which you are accredited you should emphasize this Government’s conviction that no American republic should recognize Argentina before April 9 and that it would be regrettable if any American republic should recognize unilaterally.

  1. Nelson A. Rockefeller, Assistant Secretary of State.
  2. Diógenes Escalante, Galo Plaza, and Marcial Mora, respectively.
  3. Reference presumably is to the circular telegram dispatched on April 3, infra.
  4. Carlos Martins and Alberto Vargas Nariño, respectively.