822.796/204: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Ecuador ( Long )

108. Your 179, August 8, 6 p.m. For your strictly confidential information the Department hopes to have arrangements effected in [Page 842] a few days so that adequate funds will be available for the liquidation of Sedta and the solution of other phases of the general problem.… I expect to summon the Ecuadoran Ambassador within the next few days and to have a frank discussion with him17 …pointing out that this Government is cooperating wholeheartedly with Ecuador as evidenced by numerous projects for the execution of which our assistance has been obtained. We feel, particularly in view of this cooperation and the very cordial relations existing between the two Governments, as well as the national defense factors involved, Ecuador should be willing to do its part.

As soon as funds are definitely available, we shall telegraph our ideas concerning the next steps to be taken.

  1. The Assistant Chief of the Division of the American Republics (Briggs) spoke at length with the Ecuadoran Ambassador (Alfaro) on August 24 on Mr. Welles’ behalf.