740.0011 Pacific War/806: Telegram

The Ambassador in Venezuela ( Corrigan ) to the Secretary of State

283. The Foreign Office has just handed me the following communiqué which will be published in tomorrow’s papers:

(Translation) “In the face of latest developments which have aggravated the international situation, the President of the Republic at a meeting of the Cabinet has resolved to state that Venezuela, in accordance with inter-American agreements and animated by the spirit of continental solidarity which has historically guided its foreign policy, will discharge fully the obligations assumed with the United States of America and with all other nations of the continent.

The National Government is certain that the Venezuelan people will meet this situation with serenity and that their conduct will contribute to facilitate the solution of the arduous problems which today confront the Republic. Miraflores, December 8, 1941.”

Foreign Office also informed me orally that President Medina will broadcast an address to the nation at 7 p.m. December 9th.