811.822/65: Telegram

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

147. Referring to my cable of September 12th, 11 a.m. concerning light houses on Colombian cays the papers here are full of violent protests against [action] of the United States. An article from La Estrella of Panama dated September 14th is extensively quoted which embodies copy of proclamation by President Wilson dated Juno 1st last declaring Roncador Cay to be under the jurisdiction of the United States et cetera. I beg the Department to consider the disadvantageous position in which I am placed in this matter and to inform me fully in regard to it. The announcement has caused an unfortunate impression which tends to greatly increase the difficulties [Page 801]of the existing situation. If possible the instructions sent me should embody authoritative and reassuring statement for publication. The Gil Blas of yesterday publishes a perfect translation of my note of March 1st to the Foreign Office requesting permission for towers on Providencia and Courtown which evidently has been obtained surreptitiously.