740.0011 PW/2–445: Telegram
The Ambassador in Ecuador (Scotten) to the Secretary of State
[Received 10 p.m.]
100. This morning’s press publishes the announcement that Ecuador is in a state of war with Japan (as foreseen in my No. 99 of February 3, 11 p.m.15), reporting that President Velasco informed the press last night that “the Government of Ecuador, duly authorized by the National Constitutional Assembly, has declared that it has been in a state of war with Japan since December 7, 1941, in order to demonstrate that Ecuador is always with the United Nations, struggling against totalitarian tyranny”. The President added that the text of the declaration would be made available to the press at noon tomorrow.
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