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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States with the address of the president to Congress December 8, 1914
(1914)

Bolivia,   pp. 27-29 PDF (967.3 KB)


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1 Not printed.  See supra.  27BOLIVIA. 
BOUNDARY AGREEMENT BETWEEN BOLIVIA AND PARAGUAY. 
GOOD OFFICES OF THE UNITED STATES. 
File No. 724.3415/21. 
Minister Grevstad to the Secretary of State. 
 AMERICAN LEGATION, 
No 66] Montevideo, July 9, 1913 
 SIR: Referring to previous despatches 1 concerning the Chaco boundary controversy
between Paraguay and Bolivia, I have the honor to report that a temporary
modus vivendi has been recently established by an agreement which, after
prolonged negotiations, was reached between Doctor Eusebio Ayala, then Minister
of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, and Doctor MujIa, the Bolivian Minister in
Paraguay. 
 The agreement, known as the Ayala-MujIa protocol, which is secret, provides
that both countries are to maintain the status quo in the Chaco for two years,
and ' that meanwhile the two Governments will negotiate a definite treaty
for a final adjustment of the controversy, or a treaty providing for mediation
or arbitration. 
 It would appear that, the Ayala-MujIa protocol has not yet been accepted
by Bolivia. At the Foreign Office here in Asuncion belief in its ratification
is expressed, notwithstanding the uncompromising opposition, voiced by such
Bolivian newspapers as "El Norte" of La Paz, reported to be the personal
organ of General Montes, President-elect of Bolivia. 
 This paper asserts that "Bolivia is owner and mistress of all territory
west of the River Paraguay from BahIa Negra to the Pilcomayo River ", and
rejects arbitration as a method of settlement that in the past has proven
to be prejudicial to Bolivia. 
I have [etc.] 
NICOLAY A. GREVSTAD. 
File No. 724.3415/24. 
The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Mooney 
' [Telegram.] 
DEPARTMENT OF ~TATE~ 
Washington, November 20, 1914. 
 The Bolivian Minister here states that by agreement between Bolivia and
Paraguay made last year2 in regard to their disputed boundary they agreed
to preserve the status quo for two years pending negotiations for settlement
or for arbitration; that his 


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