740.0011 E.W./2–645: Telegram

The Ambassador in Paraguay (Beaulac) to the Secretary of State

96. Chiriani called me this morning under instructions from President to say officially President authorized by Council of National Defense to declare Paraguay in state of war with countries of Axis. In consequence of this authorization, President in accordance with constitutional procedure will request opinion of Council of State at its meeting tomorrow.

It is my understanding that opinion of Council of State is mere formality and that President already has full constitutional authority to declare state of war. It is possible that public statement will be made later today.7

  1. The Ambassador reported in telegram 101, February 7, 1945, that by decree-law of February 7, Paraguay declared war on the Axis (740.0011 E.W./2–745).