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

16. Department’s 11, February 23, 6 p.m. Lawyers here say Department incorrectly informed as they are trying avoid litigation especially in Supreme Court where years might ensue irrespective of entry final decree. Besides, Congress would take no action during litigation. They wish decree suspended until Congress meets and passes law replace Emergency Law 85 [84?]. Their complaint principally against decree. So far no mention made of my visit to President. Think better say nothing. I disclaimed all interference in Colombian affairs and confined myself to unconstitutionality of law, etc. Colombian Government understands our position and I am not worried. Prominent Colombians are protesting against decree to the President and leading lawyers submitting to him briefs against it as he asked me to have them do.