740.0011 EW/1–2245: Telegram

The Ambassador in Ecuador (Scotten) to the Secretary of State

69. In conversation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs this afternoon he reiterated that the exchange of notes he desired would have no [Page 1003] effect upon the international situation but he insisted it would be necessary in consideration of the internal political situation as explained in my previous telegrams. For this reason I exchanged notes with him as set forth in the Department’s telegram 55, January 20, 3 p.m. The Minister seemed very pleased with the Department’s wording of the two notes.

He stated that the President will send a message to the Assembly either this afternoon or tomorrow and that he expects a declaration of war by the Assembly by the end of this week.