740.33112 RP/9–2746

The Chargé in Uruguay (Sparks) to the Secretary of State


463. Embassy A 139, April 25. Foreign Minister tells me with chagrin there is no possibility of enacting replacement bill during present session, that members of his own party and Batllistas are not prepared to force issue on eve of elections, that he and Minister of Interior are apprehensive as to Govt’s position if intervened firms institute court action, citing case of Quincke who is demanding intervention be lifted, that Minister of Interior opines unless bill is enacted shortly, interventions must be withdrawn since firms were intervened without congressional authority and that Foreign Minister is considering expediency in reviewing evidence on intervened firms and lifting intervention of those not deemed dangerous. I remonstrated on grounds of Quincke’s record and Mexico City resolutions.33 Foreign Minister finally asked me to study problem obviously hoping I might offer suggestions.

Information from other sources confirms impossibility of enacting bill before elections. However, contemplated review of firms may [Page 1282] preclude further consideration of bill and involve gradual to total abandonment of interventions. Dept’s comments requested.

  1. See Pan American Union, Final Act of the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace, Mexico City, February-March 1945 (Washington, 1945).