740.0011 EW/2–945: Telegram

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

138. Reurtel 201, February 9, 5 p.m. We are pleased to know that Chile in its own interest has decided to declare war on Japan.

[Page 768]

You will realize that it is impossible for us to indicate any definite date for the proposed United Nations Conference as some 35 nations are concerned. On this point we have no information to add to that in the last paragraph of our 127 of February 8. We cannot give Fernández the assurance he requests. In making plans for the immediate future doubtless he will want to keep in mind the need for Chile to act as speedily as possible.