825.20 Missions/6–1945: Telegram

The Ambassador in Chile ( Bowers ) to the Secretary of State

819. General Paschal32 had talk yesterday with Portales,33 Commanding-in-Chief, and Larrain, Chief Coordination General Staff [Page 745] (see paragraph 3, page 2, despatch 12,269, June 1134). They seemed more amenable and understanding than Carrasco and perceived no objection in principle to establishment of small U.S. ground mission before prior receipt of arms. They said they would discuss this with appropriate Chilean officials. It remains to be seen whether this oblique approach to Minister Defense will prove effective. Nevertheless, I think patient endeavors by Paschal to obtain sympathetic consideration is right line for time being. In any event time may come when it will be advisable tell Chileans approximately what military equipment authorities in Washington are willing eventually to furnish Chile and at what cost in order give favorable start program contemplated in joint staff conversations. (See paragraph 5, page 2, above despatch).

  1. Brig. Gen. Paul C. Paschal, of the Caribbean Defense Command.
  2. Maj. Gen. Alfredo Portales M., Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army.
  3. Despatch not printed; it indicated that General Paschal had had an unpromising reception in Santiago (825.20 Missions/6–1145).