722.2315/1199: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ecuadoran Minister for Foreign Affairs (Tobar Donoso)

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s telegram of August 31 informing me that the Ecuadoran Delegation has renewed to the Peruvian Delegation its proposal to submit the entire controversy to the juridical arbitration of the President of the United States of America, and that it has suggested the signing of a protocol which would amplify and complement the one of 1924; that the confidence of Your Excellency’s Government in the efficacy of arbitration for the settlement of international differences has been stimulated and strengthened as a result of the settlement of the Chaco controversy; and that the Government of Ecuador in again proposing total arbitration has been actuated by a desire to give authentic testimony of its unalterable adherence to that procedure.

I appreciate deeply Your Excellency’s courtesy in bringing to my attention this latest development in the efforts of the Governments of Ecuador and Peru to reach a solution of their long-standing dispute. Your Excellency’s Government and the Government of Peru are fully aware of the sincere and fervent wishes of the Government and the people of the United States that a mutually satisfactory settlement may be agreed upon which will conciliate the conflicting interests of the two countries and thus strengthen the already close and fraternal bonds uniting them and furnish further concrete proof of the efficacy of the available means for the pacific settlement of international differences.

Cordell Hull