File No. 731.51/35.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 24.]

Sir: With reference to your despatch No. 60, of August 5, 1912, regarding the relations between France and Venezuela, the Department is now enclosing, for your information, a copy of the original and translation of the letter from the French Embassy dated August 29, 1912.

I. am [etc.]

Huntington Wilson.

The French Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

My Dear Mr. Secretary of State: As I had the honor to write you on the 24th instant,1 I immediately acquainted my Government with the substance of Mr. Elliot Northcott’s communication enclosed in your letter of the 21st.1

In reply, the President of the Council, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic, tells me that he agrees to the Venezuelan courts being first called upon to pass on all the claims preferred by French citizens against the Government of Venezuela, but on the express conditions that all such claims may thereafter be referred, if desire to do so is expressed, to an arbitral tribunal the membership of which would be determined in advance. Further, the French Government will not consent to negotiate with any one but an official envoy of the Venezuelan Government.

Mr. Poinearé requests me to have recourse to the Department of State’s habitual kindness in order to have the foregoing answer cabled to the Minister of the United States at Caracas for transmission to the Government of President Gómez.

Be pleased [etc.]

E. de Peretti de la Rocca.
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