Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State ( Welles ) to the Chief of the Division of Latin American Affairs ( Duggan )
I had an interview with the Minister of Ecuador37 this morning and gave him as an aide-mémoire a copy of the attached draft. I spoke with the Minister at some length indicating my belief that the considerations advanced were of the utmost importance and that it was my urgent and very sincere hope that the Government of Ecuador would find some way to avoid embarking upon this restrictive and, in my judgment, suicidal policy.
The Minister said that he was entirely in accord with the point of view which I maintained and added that he would write by air mail to President Páez personally and that he believed that Páez would see the necessity for reconsidering this policy.
The Minister also stated to me that he had received a cable this morning advising that the Government would send a representative [Page 521] to New York to discuss with the bondholders the question of the Guayaquil-Quito Railway controversy.38 Perhaps you will advise the Council on the latter point.
- Colón Eloy Alfaro.↩
- See pp. 536 ff.↩
- Resolution V, Economic, Commercial, and Tariff Policy, Report of the Delegates of the United States of America to the Seventh International Conference of American States, Montevideo, Uruguay, December 3–26, 1933 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1934), p. 196.↩
- See section entitled “Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace, Held at Buenos Aires, December 1–23, 1936,” pp. 3 ff.↩