HC Deb 19 June 1935 vol 303 cc371-2W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present position with regard to the dispute between Bolivia and Paraguay, and what success the mediators have met with?


On 12th June an agreement, which had been negotiated under the auspices of the mediating Powers convened at Buenos Aires, was signed by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Bolivia and Paraguay to bring an end to the war in the Chaco. Hostilities ceased at midday on 14th June, and a neutral commission of military experts left on the same day for the front to determine the position of the two armies. It was agreed that, after the ratification of the present agreement, a Peace Conference should be convened at Buenos Aires to negotiate a permanent settlement of the differences between the two Powers, which would moreover be submitted to arbitration by the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague in the event of the failure of direct negotiation. It will be within the province of the Peace Conference to extend so far as may be necessary the present truce, which was determined for 12 days.