[Inclosure 1 in No.
Decree No. 310 of 1882 (23d May), whereby the convention
between the United States of Colombia and the Republic of Salvador for
the preservation of peace and the sending of representatives to an
international congress is promulgated as a law of the Republic.
The President of the United States of Colombia, in virtue of the exchange
of ratifications in Paris, January the 7th, 1882, proclaims the
following to be a law of the Republic:
It being of great importance to give a solid basis to the cordial
relations of friendship which have always existed between the Republic
of the United States of Colombia and that of Salvador, and likewise to
affirm the sentiments of international fraternity which serve to
perpetuate the peace and prosperity of the Americas, Luis Carlos Rico,
envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of
Colombia in France; and José Mara Torreo Caicedo, minister
plenipotentiary of the Republic of Salvador in France; have, in the name
of the Governments they respectively represent, agreed upon the
The United States of Colombia and the Republic of Salvador bind
themselves perpetually to submit to arbitration, when no solution is
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all controversies and disputes of whatever kind that may (despite the
efforts of the two Governments to avoid them) arise between them.
The designation of the arbitrator, when occasion arises for his
appointment, shall be made in a special convention, in which also shall
be clearly defined the question in dispute, and also the proceedings to
be observed in the court of arbitration. If there should be no agreement
for the celebration of this convention, or should it be expressly agreed
to omit this formality, the arbitrator shall be the President of the
United States of America.
The Republic of the United States of Colombia and that of Salvador agree
that they will endeavor, at the first opportunity, to celebrate with the
other American nations conventions analogous to the present, to the end
that the solution of every difficulty between them by arbitration may be
definitely agreed upon, and that, in September of the coming year,
representatives may be sent by them to an international congress at
Panama, for the purpose of adopting some principles as a basis of
American public law; it being understood that the Governments of the
United States of Colombia and of Salvador will be represented in said
This convention shall be ratified by the high contracting parties in due
form, and the ratifications exchanged at Bogota, San Salvador or Paris
within the shortest time possible.
In faith whereof we hereto affix our names
and seals, in Paris, this the 24th day of
LUIS CARLOS RICO
. [l. s.
J. M. TORREO CAICEDO
Given at Bogota on the 23d day of May, 1882.
- FRANCISCO J. ZALDÚA.
José M. Uricoechea,
Secretary for Foreign