The Minister in Colombia (Philip) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 9.]
Sir: With reference to my cable message of September 12:11 a.m. I have the honor to transmit herewith copy and translation of a note [Page 799]from the Colombian Minister for Foreign Affairs, dated the 13th instant, relative to an official report received by the Ministry of Government to the effect that light towers have been installed on the cays known as Roncador, Quita Sueño and Serranilla and which belong to the Republic of Colombia.
[Here follows summary of the enclosed note.]
In my conversation with the Foreign Minister on the subject he called my attention to the press notices in regard to it. I said that I was in entire ignorance of any such action having been taken and felt very confident that the work had not been undertaken at the instigation of the Government of the United States unless some misunderstanding may have existed as to the ownership of the rocks in question.
The opposition press is using this report as one of its points of attack against President Suarez as well as against the policy of the United States towards Colombia.
It is very regrettable that the incident has arisen at this juncture and I very much hope to receive from the Department such information as will have the effect of allaying all cause for criticism here in regard to it.
I have [etc.]