Miller Files, Lot 53 D 26

The Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs ( Miller ) to the Chargé in Argentina ( Mallory )1

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Dear Les: Thank you for your letter of March 26 enclosing the CAS memorandum2 on the Argentine delegation to the Conference.

In general the memorandum has proved to be sound, though some of the details have turned out differently. The Argentines have been cooperative for the most part up to the present and have not engaged in “theatrical tactics.” At the same time they have spoken up on a number of subjects and are definitely playing a part in the Meeting. As far as I know they have not made serious efforts since their arrival to form a bloc vis-à-vis the United States.

Concerning U.S.-Argentine relations,3 our friends seem to be playing a game not unlike our own—one of inaction. Just as we have not brought up problems with them, they have not raised any with us. Whether they plan to discuss any specific problems later, we do not know.

Since the Meeting is not over, our fingers are still crossed, but it seems unlikely that at this late hour Paz and Co. will take any action to realize the more sinister of the intelligence reports which we received-such as Argentine sabotage of the IAM, etc.4

With kindest regards,

Very sincerely,

Edward G. Miller, Jr.
  1. Drafted by Mr. Henry Dearborn of the Office of South American Affairs.
  2. Neither printed.
  3. For documentation on this subject, see pp. 1079 ff.
  4. Beneath Mr. Miller’s signature appears the following unidentified handwritten notation: “Meeting now over. All OK”