611.2531/254: Telegram

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

16. Department’s telegram No. 10, January 22, 3 p.m. Decree No. 383 giving provisional effect to modus vivendi under law 5142 was signed January 25 effective February 1 and will be published January 31.

Garcia assured reply of acceptance to note drafted by the Department, but he has now left Santiago again for 10 days. Chilean acceptance may point out the modus vivendi can remain in provisional effect only 12 months, and might lapse if Chilean Congress did not ratify within that time.

Exchange of ratifications apparently will not be necessary, but this point not yet definite.