462.00 R/9–1445: Telegram

The Ambassador in Venezuela (Corrigan) to the Secretary of State

884. Dept’s telegram Sept 13, 7 p.m.85 and circular telegram August 28, 9 a.m.86). Note being delivered tomorrow. It does not include statement that procedure suggested is “most satisfactory for situation of the American Republics” as it would in Embassy’s opinion be imprudent if not a psychological mistake to tell Venezuelan Govt what it should think and better to let it arrive at its own conclusions. There can be no objection by Venezuelan authorities to considering disposal of German assets in Western Hemisphere, matter solely for American Republics, but apparent thesis that non-European countries not war devastated like Egypt and Union of South Africa have an interest in assets from Germany itself not extensive to other American Republics might seem to them illogical.

  1. Not printed; in this telegram the Department asked for the reasons for the Embassy’s apprehensions concerning Venezuelan sensitiveness.
  2. Not printed, but see despatch 12760, September 13, from Santiago, p. 780.