File No. 711.21/199.

The American Minister to Bogota to the Secretary of State.


The Minister for Foreign Affairs has informally communicated to me the Colombian Government’s ideas regarding bases for a settlement, with the request that I transmit them for your consideration and in order that through an exchange of views he may approximate as far as possible Colombia’s desires to what the United States is prepared to grant, before he submits formal counter-proposition. The Minister emphasized the fact that they were not to be considered as unalterable conditions to a settlement.

These ideas are expressed in the form of a preamble to and four articles of a treaty and are as follows: [The text that follows is the same as that of the inclosure with the Minister’s despatch No. 14 of October 23; see below.]