711.129/19: Telegram

The Chargé in Mexico (Schoenfeld) to the Secretary of State

36. Department’s telegram 27 January 29, 4 p.m.4 In conversation with Ambassador Sheffield on December 27th last the Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed willingness of Mexican Government in principle to conclude a convention with the United States to suppress smuggling operations along the border and also to participate in an informal conference in order to formulate a convention regarding illicit traffic in narcotics etc. Accordingly, on December 29th the Ambassador sent a formal note to the Minister for Foreign Affairs confirming the oral understanding and enclosing copies of the Department’s press statement of June 6, 1924, as well as of the pertinent articles of the conventions with Canada including those of the proposed extradition convention for the Minister’s confidential information. The note called attention to the fact that the Department had not yet received Mexican Government’s promised suggestions regarding improvement of conditions on the border and requested advice as to the Mexican Government’s desires in connection with the holding of informal preliminary conference to discuss suppression of illicit traffic and to formulate draft conventions.

No formal reply to this note has yet been received and Under Secretary of Foreign Relations informs me today that the matter is still [Page 506] in the hands of the Ministry of Finance which has been urged to expedite consideration. Mexican Government regards the question as of great importance and is anxious to proceed. I am promised there will be no unnecessary delay so far as Foreign Office is concerned.

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