Treaty Series No. 758

Convention Between the United States of America and Mexico, Signed at Washington, August 16, 192750

Whereas a convention was signed on September 8, 1923,51 between the United States of America and the United Mexican States for the settlement and amicable adjustment of certain claims therein defined; and

Whereas under Article VI of said convention the Commission constituted pursuant thereto is bound to hear, examine and decide within [Page 229]three years from the date of its first meeting all the claims filed with it, except as provided in Article VII; and

Whereas it now appears that the said Commission cannot hear, examine and decide such claims within the time limit thus fixed;

The President of the United States of America and the President of the United Mexican States are desirous that the time originally fixed for the duration of the said Commission should be extended, and to this end have named as their respective plenipotentiaries, that is to say:

  • The President of the United States of America, Honorable Frank B. Kellogg, Secretary of State of the United States; and
  • The President of the United Mexican States, His Excellency Señor Don Manuel C. Téllez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Mexican States at Washington;

Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following articles:

Article I

The High Contracting Parties agree that the term assigned by Article VI of the Convention of September 8, 1923, for the hearing, examination and decision of claims for loss or damage accruing prior to September 8, 1923, shall be and the same hereby is extended for a time not exceeding two years from August 30, 1927, the day when, pursuant to the provisions of the said Article VI, the functions of the said Commission would terminate in respect of such claims; and that during such extended term the Commission shall also be bound to hear, examine and decide all claims for loss or damage accruing between September 8, 1923, and August 30, 1927, inclusive, and filed with the Commission not later than August 30, 1927.

It is agreed that nothing contained in this Article shall in any wise alter or extend the time originally fixed in the said Convention of September 8, 1923, for the presentation of claims to the Commission, or confer upon the Commission any jurisdiction over any claim for loss or damage accruing subsequent to August 30, 1927.

Article II

The present Convention shall be ratified and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Washington as soon as possible.

In witness whereof the above-mentioned Plenipotentiaries have signed the same and affixed their respective seals.

Frank B. Kellogg
Manuel C. Téllez
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[Under date of August 16, 1927, a draft protocol providing for continuance of the work of the Joint Secretaries and of the respective agencies of the two Governments, pending the ratification of the convention signed August 16, 1927, was submitted to the Mexican Ambassador; the Mexican Government declined to sign the protocol. (File No. 411.12/926c.)]

  1. In English and Spanish; Spanish text not printed; ratified by the President, Oct. 8, 1927, in pursuance of Senate Resolution of Feb. 17, 1927; ratified by Mexico, Sept. 30, 1927; ratifications exchanged at Washington, Oct. 12, 1927; proclaimed by the President, Oct. 13, 1927.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1923, vol. ii, p. 555.