The Ambassador in Mexico (Morrow) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 3.]
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence regarding the amendment of the Regulations of the Mexican Petroleum Law, necessitated by the amendment of the Law itself, which was approved by the Mexican Congress in December, last, and published in the Diario Oficial of January 10, 1928, I have the honor to report that the Department of Industry today handed to the representatives of the local and foreign press the text of the Executive Decree signed by President Calles today containing the amendments in question, together with the form to be used in issuing confirmatory concessions on petroleum lands acquired prior to May 1, 1917. I enclose a single copy of the Spanish text of the decree in question as handed to the representatives of the press by the Department of Industry today. It is anticipated that this decree will appear in the Diario Oficial in the course of the next few days. Clippings from the Diario Oficial will be sent to the Department as soon as the decree appears in that publication.19
I also enclose an English translation of the amendments in question and of the proposed form of confirmatory concession.20 This translation, which indicates the origin of the changes made in each case, [Page 301]has been used by Mr. J. Reuben Clark, Jr. in his negotiations on my behalf with Señor Paredes, of the Department of Industry, acting on behalf of Minister Morones, and represents the substance of the amendments agreed on between them.
Finally, I enclose a copy of a statement handed to the press on my behalf today, in connection with the amended regulations.
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- Decree published in the Diario Oficial, March 28, 1928.↩
- Neither printed.↩
Articles and portions of articles in brackets are existing regulations which were not in the decree signed by President Calles on March 27, 1928, but which were included in the translation transmitted by Ambassador Morrow.
For text of articles 147, 150, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, and article 4 transitory, of the regulations of the petroleum law of December 26, 1925, prior to amendement, see Diario Oficial, April 8, 1926.↩
- See Proceedings of the United States–Mexican Commission Convened in Mexico City, May 14, 1923, p. 47.↩
- For release in the morning papers of Wednesday, March 28, 1928.↩