856B.01/4: Telegram

The Chargé in Venezuela (Scott) to the Secretary of State

60. The Minister for Foreign Affairs has read me a note which has just been handed him by the Dutch Chargé d’Affaires ad interim and which in close paraphrase is as follows:

[Here follow two paragraphs similar to the second and third paragraphs of the note of May 10 from the Netherland Minister, printed on page 731.]

The Minister then stated that he had just received a telegram from Washington that Curaçao was being reinforced by British troops from Jamaica. He expressed great concern over this development stating that once the British were in it would be difficult to get them to leave after the liquidation of the war. He stated that his Government was very desirous (to fix?) define [sic] some line of action immediately and in accord with the United States. For this purpose he was sending a [Page 733] telegram to the Venezuelan Chargé d’Affaires in Washington to discuss this at once with the Department. He added that the status of Curaçao and Aruba was to be discussed in Cabinet meeting with the President this afternoon.