740.0011 EW/2–1345: Telegram

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

122. The Foreign Minister read to me a telegram that he has just sent to the Venezuelan Chargé d’Affaires in Washington.42 It instructs him to communicate to the Department the decision of the [Page 1423] Venezuelan Government to adhere to the Declaration of the United Nations43 with a full acceptance of the consequences implied in that declaration.

For the past several weeks he has been in consultation with the Governments of Chile and Uruguay in an effort to agree on a simultaneous release. Lack of effective mechanism for consultation has been a factor in delay although the Governments are in agreement on principles. He therefore urgently requests that publicity regarding Venezuela’s determination be reserved because of the embarrassment that would result in its relations with Uruguay and Chile by separate publication of Venezuela’s intention.