740.0011 Pacific War/812: Telegram
The Costa Rican Minister for Foreign Affairs (Echandi) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 9—8:25 a.m.]
I have the honor to advise Your Excellency that because of unexpected and extraordinary aggression of which your country has been the object on the part of Japan while negotiations for peace were going on between the two nations and in accordance with the principles of solidarity and defense of this hemisphere declared in various agreements (between the) American Republics the Government of Costa Rica expresses its sympathy to the Government and people of the United States and has today at 11 o’clock declared the state of war between Costa Rica and Japan.
On this occasion I take pleasure [etc.]