710 Consultation 4/4–846

The Ambassador in Mexico (Messersmith) to the Secretary of State

No. 29,132

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s circular telegram of April 1, 12 p.m., setting forth the substance of a statement which the Secretary of State intends to make on April 8 on the Argentine situation.40a I also have to refer to my despatch No. 29, 111 of April 4, with which was transmitted a copy of the note of this Embassy, No. 4915, of April 3,41 which I personally delivered to the Acting Minister of Foreign Relations,42 and in which is set forth the substance of the Department’s circular telegram above mentioned.

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I had informed the Department by telephone of the delivery of this note and to the effect that it had been favorably received by the Acting Minister, who had indicated that the Mexican Government would undoubtedly make a statement of its own on April 8 or shortly thereafter.

This morning Mr. James Wright of the Department called me on the telephone to state that the Department would be very much interested in receiving immediately, if possible, an indication from the Mexican Government as to its reaction to the note and particularly, whether the Secretary of State could this afternoon in a press statement include the Government of Mexico among those which were in accord with the spirit of the note.

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I asked the Acting Minister whether in view of the foregoing the Secretary of State in making an announcement to the press could not include numerically, Mexico as one of the countries in accord with our proposal, without specifically mentioning Mexico, and he said that I could so inform the Department.

The Acting Minister clearly indicated that the Mexican Government is in accord with our note but that it believes that with the situation as it is and with the possibilities which lie in the situation, that it can in its own statement use somewhat different language and arrive at the same end.

I conveyed the foregoing by telephone to Mr. Wright and to Dr. Spaeth in the Department at 12:30 o’clock Mexico City time.

The Acting Minister indicated that the Mexican Government would make a statement but he did not indicate clearly whether it would be made today or tomorrow or any specific time, but I know that he is in touch with the President of Mexico.43

Respectfully yours,

George S. Messersmith
  1. For text of the “U.S. Memorandum to American Republics on Argentine Situation,” released to the press on April 8, see Department of State Bulletin, April 21, 1946, p. 666.
  2. Neither printed.
  3. Manuel Tello.
  4. Avila Camacho.