The Secretary of State to the Spanish Chargé ( Amoedo )
Sir: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of August 27, 1926, in which, referring to the Convention signed between the United States and Spain on February 10, 1926, to aid in preventing the [Page 966] smuggling of alcoholic liquors into the United States, and to the fact that advice and consent to the ratification of this Convention has been given by the Senate of the United States, you request that appropriate instructions be issued to the customs authorities and prohibition officers in the Ports of the United States and Porto Rico, in order that Spanish vessels may call at these Ports in conformity with the terms of the Convention.
It is proper to point out that by its provisions, the Convention mentioned will not go into effect until the day on which the exchange of ratifications shall take place, and that while the Convention has been ratified by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, no advice has reached the Department of State of the ratification of the Convention by the Government of Spain. The exchange of ratifications has not, therefore, taken place, and the Convention is, consequently not in force. The Government of the United States is prepared to effect the exchange of ratifications at any time, and the Department hopes that it may soon learn that the Government of Spain is also ready. Upon the receipt of such advice, the Secretary of State will be happy to fix a day for the exchange, and when the exchange shall have been effected, the Government of the United States will not fail to fulfill promptly all the requirements imposed upon it by the Convention.16
- The exchange of ratifications took place at Washington, Nov. 17, 1926, and the convention was proclaimed by the President on the same day.↩