Memorandum of Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of Latin American Affairs (Duggan)

At my request the Ecuadoran Minister called. I informed him that the Department appreciated the favorable response to its suggestion for a modus vivendi according unconditional most-favored-nation treatment. I said, however, that the Department did not wish to include the amendment included in the Ecuadoran draft. I suggested that the purposes of the Ecuadoran Government in this regard might be met by including the amendment in the preamble of the proclamation approving the modus vivendi. I also called attention to the fact that the modus vivendi could be terminated upon thirty days’ notice.

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The Minister said that he would send a cable immediately transmitting these comments to his Government, and requesting authorization to sign the modus vivendi as drafted by the Department.

L[aurence] D[uggan]