The Minister in Panama (South) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 27.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith, for the information of the Department, a copy of a note, with a translation thereof, concerning the abrogation of the Taft Agreement, which was sent by the Foreign Office to this Legation.
From this note it appears that Panama will contest the right of our Government to abrogate the Taft Agreement, unless a new treaty is accepted by both countries prior to May 1, next, which looks like an attempt upon the part of Panamá to place the burden of rushing through a new treaty upon our Government.
As it is more to the advantage of Panama than it is to our Government that a new treaty be in force, it is presumed that they will propose that the negotiations be commenced as soon as possible and that such a proposition will be made in Washington.
As it will be to the advantage of our Government to have Panama make the first proposals in the matter and to state their own position before we are called upon to state ours, no reply will be made to the attached note until instructions have been received from the Department.
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