The Minister in Ecuador (Long) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 28.]
Sir: I have the honor to report that on July 19th El Comercio of Quito published a press despatch stating that an incident had taken place on the Ecuadoran-Peruvian frontier between Ecuadoran and Peruvian troops. The incident occurred at 10 o’clock on the morning of July 18th in the Province of El Oro south of a point called Aguas Verdes in the Pocitos region. The press reported that several persons had been killed and wounded.
Further details published on July 20th indicated that although no one had been killed or wounded, the Peruvians claimed that Ecuadoran troops had fired on members of the Peruvian Civil Guard, whereas the Ecuadorans stated that they had been fired on first.
The Ecuadoran Minister in Lima was instructed to present a formal protest to the Peruvian Government for this violation of the status quo and invasion of Ecuadoran territory by the Peruvian Army. The Government of Peru likewise instructed its Chargé d’Affaires at Quito to present a protest to the Ecuadoran Foreign Office.
An official communiqué of the Foreign Office, a translation of which is enclosed, gives a complete account of the Ecuadoran version of the incident.