722.2315/2489: Telegram

The Ambassador in Peru ( Norweb ) to the Secretary of State

584. My telegram No. 579, October 30, noon. The Argentine Ambassador was told by the Ecuadoran Minister to Peru that the presence at Lima of the Peruvian Minister to Ecuador is not related to direct boundary negotiations since no such negotiations are in progress. The Ecuadoran Minister expressed the opinion that the 1936 line would be most satisfactory to Ecuador as a basis for discussions but that if concessions were made to Peru at some points Ecuador would want compensation without putuma traduce [sic]. He will report confidentially to his Government regarding his conversation with the Argentine Ambassador and inform the latter of any Ecuadoran views received in reply.

Unless the Department insists on [or?] the Foreign Offices of Argentina and Brazil instruct to the contrary my colleague[s] and I will continue our conversations with the Peruvian Minister for Foreign Affairs and our informal soundings with the Ecuadoran Minister.