File No. 711.21/329

Minister Thomson to the Secretary of State


Your February 2. The Colombian Government expresses disappointment at the proposed amendment which, if adopted, will cause, it says, gravest difficulties when submitted to Congress; and it requests me to urge the President to send special message in favor of unaltered treaty. No comment by the press or the Minister for Foreign Affairs concerning mutual regret which, I believe, will be accepted, while Colombia, measured by financial conditions, might be forced to accept whatever the United States may offer. It is a question whether any amount less than the treaty provides would restore cordial relations.