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The Minister in Colombia (Piles) to the Secretary of State


10. Department’s 7, February 13, 6 p.m. The regulations are extremely burdensome and impose unheard-of conditions on all oil companies. The oil companies have been advised by Colombian lawyers that the decree is illegal and unconstitutional. The oil [Page 589] companies will shortly institute proceedings before the Council of State to have the decree declared void. I do not think it advisable for me to do anything for the present. Full particulars are being sent by mail.