411.12/931

The Secretary of State to the Mexican Ambassador ( Téllez )

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s note of July 15, 1929, No. 4124 in which you inform me that your Government is in agreement with the Government of the United States to extend for a period of two years the life of the General Claims Commission, United States and Mexico, provided certain changes are made in Article 9 of the original General Claims Convention of September 8, 1923. I have the honor to inform you in reply that the Department trusts very shortly to be able to communicate to you definitely its views as to the proposal that Article 9 of the Convention be modified.

I take the liberty of reminding Your Excellency that in the Department’s note of June 17, 1929, it was proposed that the lives of both the General and Special Claims Commissions be prolonged for a further period not exceeding two years but I note that Your Excellency’s communication under acknowledgment does not refer to this Government’s proposal with respect to the extension of the life of the Special Claims Commission. I should be grateful therefore if Your Excellency would advise me at your early convenience as to whether the Government of Mexico is disposed, in harmony with this Government’s suggestion, to extend the life of the Special Claims Commission.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
J. P. Cotton