822.796/350: Telegram

The Chargé in Ecuador ( Drew ) to the Secretary of State

95. Reference Department’s telegram No. 84, May 22, 8 p.m. In my despatch 1801 of today’s date,51 leaving here in tomorrow’s pouch, I report that under instructions from Lima the local Panagra representative informed the President yesterday that arrangements to eliminate Quito had been concluded and that the President had accepted this decision, but expressed the opinion that this action will cause criticism of Panagra.

While I am not informed of the importance to Panagra of eliminating Quito at once it would certainly be desirable to defer this, if possible until the situation with respect to Sedta is clarified. If the 1-day service between the Canal Zone and Lima is to be inaugurated in the near future the elimination of Quito should preferably be deferred until that time. The action should be preceded by a careful preparation of public opinion.

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Even though the Government may not modify its position with respect to the suppression of Sedta, I am confident that there will be a violent anti-Panagra campaign, particularly in the pro-Nazi press.

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