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.