During my absence in New York Mr. Beaudry sent you a memorandum† reviewing our negotiations with Uruguay for the exchange of diplomatic representatives. The memorandum recommended that Mr. Chipman be instructed to inform the Uruguayan Foreign Minister that our position remains the same as in October, 1944, namely, that we would welcome the establishment of a Uruguayan Mission in Canada even if we see no hope of establishing a Canadian Mission in Uruguay for at least a year. I am attaching a copy of the memorandum hereto.
Mr. Chipman has sent a further communication, telegram No. 77 of May 24, attached,† stating that he has been approached once more by the Uruguayan Ambassador on this matter.
If we agree to accept a Uruguayan Diplomatic Mission herein Ottawa, I think we must be prepared to accept missions from Colombia and Venezuela with the ultimate obligation of establishing Canadian Missions in those countries. While I am reluctant to extend our commitments for opening new missions because of our lack of suitable personnel to staff such missions, I do not see how we can go back on our commitment of October, 1944, when the British Ambassador at Montevideo told the Uruguayan Foreign Minister on our behalf that the Canadian Government would be glad to receive a Minister from Uruguay on the understanding that we should reciprocate when circumstances permitted.
I would recommend, therefore, that we ask Mr. Chipman to inform the Uruguayan Minister that we would welcome the establishment of a Uruguayan Diplomatic Mission in Canada on the understanding that we will establish a Canadian Mission in Uruguay as soon as conveniently possible but that we can give no assurances at this time with regard to the date for establishment of the mission.9
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Mr. Pearson is aware of the views expressed by the P[rime] M[inister] to him and to me on June 2nd and which are in accord with above recommendation. St. L[aurent]