The Chargé in Mexico (Summerlin) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received March 24.]
Sir: With reference to the candidacy of General Alvaro Obregón for the Presidency of Mexico, I have the honor to report that on the 14th instant, El Monitor Republicano, the official newspaper of the Obregón faction, published the platform decided upon by the national convention of political parties supporting Obregón, which has been in session in this city for the past month and a half. That portion of the platform relating to international matters reads as follows, in translation:
XVII.—In international matters, the Executive will follow a policy which tends to improve our international relations, on the following basic principles:
- —Inviolability of our sovereignty as an autonomous people, and of our national territory.
- —Absolute respect for the sovereignty and institutions of other nations.
- —Recognition of the rights legitimately acquired by foreigners in our country, comparing their legal status with that of nationals, on the principle that laws shall not be retroactive.
- —To give every class of assistance to foreign capital which may be invested in our country for the development of our material wealth, seeking the most practical method for conciliating the interests of labor, capital, and the public revenues.
- —To be vigilant that foreigners residing in Mexico may benefit in the most ample manner by all the guarantees afforded by our Constitution.
- —To reorganize the Diplomatic and Consular corps on the principle of fitness for the career in conjunction with the proven efficiency of, and services rendered by, the present members of those corps.
- —Improvement of our relations with the nations of the American continent, endeavoring to remove every sort of difficulty with the United States, on the principle of a mutual understanding of sentiment and ideals, and with the Indo-Spanish nations by an intellectual and commercial drawing together which will preserve unharmed the high ideals of the Race.
I have [etc.]