The Ambassador in Peru (Cooper) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 28.]
The Ambassador has the honor to refer to the Department’s confidential circular airgram of July 22, 1946, 11:05 a.m.,48 emphasizing the importance of maintaining close working relations with local governments.
A copy of the Embassy’s communication in this regard to the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs is enclosed.
The Lima morning press of July 7 [sic] reported that on Wednesday, August 6 [7?] there was read in the Peruvian Chamber of Deputies a report of a Commission appointed to investigate the activities of the Superintendency of Economy regarding the handling of assets of Axis nationals. The report stated that during and since the war there have been serious irregularities, illegal transfers, partiality and preference, auctions for less than a third of value, accounts not certified, errors in [Page 1229] proceedings, etc. The report recommends that new evaluations be made, that proceedings be reviewed, that new auctions be held, that responsibility be ascertained and that the officials involved be accused of negligence and personal interest. There may be further developments. Additional details will be reported by the Embassy.