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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902

Argentine Republic,   pp. 13-24 PDF (998.0 KB)

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 a Not printed 13ARGENTINE REPUBLIC. 
i11r. L~ypd to JJfr. hay. 
Buenos Aires, Jii~iy 10, 1902. 
 SIR: I have the honor to transmit copies in Spanish of the messagea read
by his excellency the President of the Republic, Lieut. Gen. Julio A. Roca,
at the opening of the sessions of the Argentine Congress on the 8th instant,
and to inclose herein copy in English of its most important passages taken
from the Standard of the 9th instant. 
 The message is a plain document that deals in a general way with the affairs
of the country. it is quite hopeful, even optimistic, in sentiment, but contains
little but what was already known. Its delivery was awaited with much interest
by the public in the expectation that it would be full and explicit on two
points deemed of vital importance at this time, namely, international relations
and the financial situation. Especially was there a good deal of curiosity
to know the status of the negotiations carried on through the friendly mediation
of the British Government to bring about an agreement for limitation of armaments
between the Governments of Argentina and Chile, but the general way in which
this matter is treated in the message was a great disappointment, it is probable
that the President would have been more explicit as to the state of such
negotiations had not the untimely death of Dr. Alcorta, minister of foreign
relations, occurred, which doubtless bad the effect to put its consideration
temporarily in abeyance, rendering it inconvenient to do more than refer
to such negotiations in a general way. 
 Upon the question of limitation of armaments, the President says: 
 Happily, it appears that a better and more cordial understanding will be
established in our relations with the Chilean Republic, negotiations having
been~opened in Santiago through the friendly mediation of the British Gover~nment
for the rational limitation of the armaments which are pressing on both countries,
with great prejudice to their credit and well-being. 
 The circumstances which led to the suggestion for a mutual limitation of
armaments seem to have arisen from conditions prevailing in Argentina and
Chile materially affecting their credit and welfare. Both countries have
incurred heavy expense for the equipment and maintenance of largely increased
army and naval forces. Chile has recently contracted for two formidable warships
involving a heavy cost with the object of putting her navy upon an equality
with the 

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