710 Consultation (4)/4–846: Telegram

The Chargé in Brazil (Daniels) to the Secretary of State


656. Memo just received from Foreign Office in reply to Embassy’s memo April 2 which transmitted substance Dept’s Cirtel April 1, 11 p.m., regarding Argentine situation. FonOff memo after repeating substance Embassy’s memo concludes along following lines:

The Brazilian Government likewise desires to express its confidence that the new Argentine Government will collaborate with the other [Page 17] American Republics in a spirit of most intimate solidarity. However, considering that there is about to be convened the Peace Conference at Paris and that the duration of that conference will offer a margin of time sufficient for the inauguration of the new Argentine Government and for its general lines of foreign policy to become known the Brazilian Government proposes that the Rio Conference be convoked at the best opportunity after the Paris Conference. In proceeding in this way, the Government of Brazil does so in use of prerogatives conferred upon it by the decisions of the Governing Board of the Pan American Union last March and in the desire of conciliating the attitude of the US with the just aspiration of the American Republics to conclude as soon as possible and without breaking continental unity the Inter-American Mutual Security Treaty. The Brazilian Government desires and hopes that its suggestion will meet with the support of the US Government.

Full text and translation of Brazilian memo follow by air.

Memo does not contain reference to proposal that committee be appointed among members of Governing Board of Pan American Union to coordinate draft treaties into single document for presentation at Rio Conference. However Gracie39 has informed me officially that this proposal is acceptable to Brazilian Government and has indicated that instructions in this sense would be sent to Ambassador Martins.

Following conversation with Wright40 this afternoon I have informed Gracie that Dept was releasing text of its proposals this evening and had no objection to Brazilian FonOff releasing press statement it had already prepared summarizing memo just delivered to me.

It now appears that full agreement has been reached between Brazil and US in regard to further procedure, and it is suggested that fact of agreement be stressed in public releases rather than one country supporting the views of position of the other.

  1. Samuel de Souza-Leão Gracíe, Brazilian Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  2. James Wright, Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs (Braden).