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The Minister in Colombia (Philip) to the Secretary of State

176. Last evening the Supreme Court handed down its decision relative to the decree of June 20th last. This decision declares the articles 3, 4 and 5 of the decree unconstitutional and that the Government had not the authority to concede to third parties the right to explore petroleum mines in lands belonging to private individuals, to enter into contracts relative to those mines with third parties or to limit in any way the right of the private owner to develop the mines situated in his lands.

My November 14, 10 a.m.60 I am informed that the Congress will adjourn on or about December 13th.

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