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Eduardo Diez de Medina

Eduardo Diez de Medina (1881-1955), born in La Paz, Bolivia, was Bolivia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship on three occasions . He signed on July 9, 1925 the Carillo-Diez de Medina treaty with Argentine representative Horacio Carillo, which settled a long border dispute between Argentina and Bolivia. He also negotiated with U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg a plan to grant Bolivia the city of Arica, thereby granting it access to the sea. The plan, which was to result from an American mediation between Peru and Chile, failed due to a change in U.S. foreign policy following the election of President Herbert Hoover. Diez de Medina also enacted, together with Peruvian emissary M. Elias Bonemaison, the Treaty of September 23, 1902, which demarcated the border between Bolivia and Peru. In addition, he served as Latin American Liaison to the League of Nations.

In 1941 Diez de Medina fell out of favor amidst a jingoistic political climate when he voluntarily submitted himself to trial after he was accused of selling life-saving Bolivian visas to up to 15,000 Jews in Berlin, Warsaw, Kaunas and Stockholm. Over 1,000 blank immigration permits were found for distribution in Warsaw, Hamburg, Genoa and Paris.






TIME Magazine, Dec. 30th, 1940.

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