Memorandum of Conversation, by the Under Secretary of State (Acheson)


The British Ambassador22 called at his request. He handed me the attached Aide-Mémoire. After reading it, I said to him that I regretted very much that the British Government had to take any action at all at just this time as it seemed to me that our policy was producing results in Argentina. I asked him (1) precisely what the British Government had in mind doing, (2) whether the British Government proposed to issue a public statement, and (3) whether it proposed to address any communication to the Argentine Government. As to the first, the Ambassador said that this Aide-Mémoire related to the gentleman’s agreement23 not to sell arms to Argentina, that no action would be taken for ten days, and that thereafter the British had no ambitious ideas but only, as Mr. Hadow24 had informed Mr. Braden, a “trivial program of naval replacement, i.e. parts and equipment, et cetera”. As to the public or private statements, he would undertake to find out from his Government. I urged very strongly that no statement be made either to the press or to the Argentine Government.

Dean Acheson


His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom have carefully considered the recent actions of the Argentine Government and have come to the conclusion that it is now fulfilling its obligations in respect of enemy aliens, property and interests at least as well as the majority of Latin-American Governments.

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His Majesty’s Government have therefore requested me to inform the United States Government that they propose henceforth to treat Argentina in all respects on the same footing as other Latin American countries.

  1. Lord Inverchapel.
  2. For a reference to an informal agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom not to supply arms and munitions to Argentina, see Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. xi, p. 279.
  3. Robert H. Hadow, British Counsellor of Embassy.