810.20 Defense/2–1645: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Bolivia ( Thurston )

115. Reference Department’s secret Circular Instructions of August 26, 19446 and January 16, 1945.7 It is agreed by the State, War, and Navy Departments that military staff conversations with Bolivia should start on March 23. Please consult the Foreign Minister and report to the Department whether that date is agreeable to the Bolivian Government.

Conversations in Bolivia will be under the supervision of General Brett. General Brett will get in touch with you directly concerning details of the conversations and will provide you with a pamphlet outlining the purpose of the conversations and topics to be discussed. Please transmit this pamphlet to the Bolivian authorities, unless you perceive objection to it, in order that they may be prepared in advance.

It is emphasized that the forthcoming staff conversations are entirely exploratory in nature, will involve no commitments by either party, and will be confined to technical military and naval discussions, not to include political matters.

  1. Not printed.
  2. See circular telegram of January 10 to diplomatic representatives in certain American Republics, and footnote 1, p. 600.