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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Argentina,   pp. 172-183 PDF (3.8 MB)

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835.73/85: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina
WASHINGTON, January 14, 1919, 7 p.m.
Your December 10, 4 p.m.
Continue to support project for extension of cables of Central
and South American Telegraph Company from Buenos Aires to
Montevideo and again acquaint the Argentine Government of the
interest which the United States Government has in such extension.
Keep Department fully informed as to probable result British
Legation's memorandum.
Department is considering advisability of taking up matter of
British protest with British Government.
835.73/88: Telegram
The Ambassador in Argentina (Stimson) to the Acting Secretary
of State
BUJENos AuREs, January 18, 1919, 4 P.m.
[Received 7.26 p.m.]
Confidential. Your December [January] 14, 7 p.m. In accord-
ance with the Departments instructions the Embassy has once more
acquainted the Argentine Foreign Office of the interest of the Govern-
ment of the United States in the extension of the Central and South
American TeJegraph Company's lines. I am informed that no reply
has as yet been sent by the Foreign Office to the protest lodged by
the British Legation against the decree authorizing the extension of
the company's cables. The protest appears so far to have had no
effect and the Minister of Foreign Affairs is stated to be both in-
dignant at the manner in which the protest was worded and satisfied
personally as to the justice of the concession.
The signature of the contract for the carrying out of the laying
of the cable authorized by the presidential decree has not yet been
effected, the company's local attorney holding out for the elimina-
tion of the limitation of the life of the concession to thirty years,
and objecting to certain details in connection with the governmental
tax on messages passing over the company's lines. The negotiations
appear however to be advancing satisfactorily and the attorney is
confident that the matter will soon be concluded, the question of
the Argentine landing site having been already arranged.

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