740.0011 EW/2–1645: Telegram

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

136. Venezuela’s official declaration44 of recognition of the existence of state of belligerency between itself on the one hand and Germany and Japan on the other, issued in the Gazette Oficial last night, was published as Foreign Office communiqué in all Caracas papers this morning. This declaration states that Ambassador Escalante has full powers to sign document of Venezuela’s adherence to United Nations Declaration.

  1. For text of the declaration, see note from the Venezuelan Chargé, February 16, 1945, released to the press February 20, printed in Department of State Bulletin, February 25, 1945, p. 292. For reply by the Acting Secretary of State on February 19, remarks by the Venezuelan Ambassador upon signing the United Nations Declaration on February 20, and remarks by the Acting Secretary of State upon that occasion, see ibid., pp. 293–294.