The Chargé in Mexico ( Summerlin ) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 20.]
Sir: In confirmation of the Embassy’s telegram No. 66, April 4, 3 P.M.,2 I have the honor to forward herewith copy, and translation, of the declarations made by General Obregon. An official copy of these declarations was furnished me by Mr. Pani, the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I am enclosing also summaries, in translation, of local editorial and other comments on these declarations.2 They appear to be favorable, although both El Universal and Excelsior express a desire to see these words translated into facts. There is a difference of opinion on the street, however, as to whether General Obregon will be able to induce the Lower House to take any action.
As the Department is aware, this is the first official statement made by General Obregon, in regard to international matters, since his assumption of office on December 1, 1920. These declarations may possibly be intended as a partial reply to, or comment on, Ex-Secretary Colby’s communication of November 25, 1920,3 to Mr. Roberto Pesqueira, the Confidential Agent of Mr. de la Huerta at Washington; or their publication at this time may indicate a desire on the part of General Obregon to open or renew conversations with the Department in regard to the question of recognition.
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