611.2531/246: Telegram

The Chargé in Chile (Frost) to the Secretary of State

13. Reference my No. 12, January 12, 6 p.m. Have now elicited from Garcia11 oral declaration that in so far as they lie within the administrative authority of the Chilean Government the provisions on other than customs matters in the modus vivendi, such as exchange, will be given practical effect at once and continuously pending approval by Congress. This statement will be included in a note addressed to the Embassy by the Foreign Minister in reply to a note to be addressed to him by me making inquiry as to the legal steps respecting the entry into effect of the modus vivendi, if the Department approves this exchange of notes. The modus vivendi is thus in provisional effect already from a practical standpoint; but is not in provisional effect from the technical standpoint explained in my previous telegram.

  1. Desiderio García, Under Secretary of Commerce, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.