811.515/2145: Telegram

The Chargé in Costa Rica ( Trueblood ) to the Secretary of State

646. Reference Department’s telegram 535, August 21, and my despatch No. 545 of September 4. The Minister of Finance has instructed the Junta de Custodia to take the necessary steps to convert the dollar [Page 116] funds held by the Spanish Minister into colones and block the latter. Foreign Minister Echandi41 has now informed me that this instruction was issued without his consent and has raised the question whether the armistice concluded with the Italian Government may not change the juridical status of these funds and make it inopportune to take action at this time. Since I expect to discuss this matter personally with the Foreign Minister later in the week I shall appreciate receipt of the Department’s views by telegraph.

  1. Alberto Echandi.