The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Venezuela ( McGoodwin )

No. 490

Sir: I enclose for your confidential information an extract from a despatch from the American Minister at Bogotá,86 reporting a recent conversation with the President of Colombia, in which he requested that this Government would use its good offices with the Government of Venezuela to induce it to continue the negotiations for the settlement of all questions covered by the Convention between the two Governments of November 3, 1916, in addition to those which will be decided by the arbitration of the Government of Switzerland now pending in virtue of the provisions of that Treaty.

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You may use your good offices with this end in view, orally and informally discussing the matter with the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Relations.

I am [etc.]

William Phillips
  1. See despatch No. 113, p. 81.