The Latin American diplomats in Washington, a tight little group when affronted, buzzed with indignation last week. The war in Europe was near its end; the postwar world was being planned. But their great continent-and-a-fifth was allowed no voice in its planning. Singly and in groups they had hinted to the U.S. State Department that a Pan-American conference was long overdue. (The last was at Rio de Janeiro two years, nine months ago.) The only answer they got was evasion.

Mexican Foreign Minister Ezequiel Padilla had also "hinted" to the State Department....

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