Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State (White)

Colombian-Peruvian Boundary Treaty of 1922

The Colombian Minister called on Mr. White on June 15 and stated that his Government is very anxious regarding the ratification of the Colombian-Peruvian Boundary Treaty of 1922 and, as the Department had been most helpful in this matter in the past and especially with relation to the signing of the Procès Verbal on March 4, 1925, he would be very glad to know the Department’s views in the matter and any suggestions it might have to offer. The Minister stated that he had received a cable from his Government three or four days ago stating that word had been received from the Colombian Minister in Lima to the effect that the President of Peru had discussed the matter recently with Ambassador Poindexter and had assured him that Peru would ratify the Colombian Treaty during the coming session of the Peruvian Congress.

Mr. White told the Minister that so far the Department had received no report from Lima regarding this phase of the matter but, as the Minister’s information apparently had been sent from Lima to Bogota by cable and from there to Washington also by cable, there had evidently been a recent development about which there had not been time to receive a report from the American Ambassador in Lima. The last report that Mr. White had seen stated that there had been no chance of the ratification of this Treaty during the last session of Congress and that, had the matter been brought to a vote, ratification would surely have been rejected. The indications, however, pointed to a more favorable situation since then and Mr. White could only suggest patience to the Colombian Minister.

Doctor Olaya referred to the unfavorable effect the delay had caused in Colombia and said that he understood the situation and agreed that it would be well to await further reports to know more definitely what recent developments had taken place in Peru. Doctor Olaya asked Mr. White to keep the matter in mind and, should it be possible to do anything, expressed the hope that the Department would continue to use its good offices. Mr. White stated that the Department would of course be glad at any time to be helpful to the nations of this hemisphere in arranging their difficulties and would watch developments in this case with great interest.

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