422.11G93/1013: Telegram

The Chargé in Ecuador ( Belt ) to the Acting Secretary of State

Department’s February 6, noon and March 3, 5 p.m.14 After repeated efforts to obtain desired information from Minister of Foreign Affairs realize Government is avoiding answering with regard to payment of bonded indebtedness. Foreign Office claims Government has paid a coupon with amount already remitted to London and does not understand why source of money paid is requested by Department.

Foreign Office insinuated Ecuadorean Minister was not fully authorized to make the offer of payment from sale of cacao which was the property of private parties.

Under the circumstances deem it advisable Department confer with Ecuadorean Minister with the view of ascertaining definitely data desired.

  1. Latter not printed.