411.12/971: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Mexico (Johnson)

455. Your 318, August 24. noon.21

This Government has no objection whatever to signing of Convention in Mexico City. The Under Secretary so informed the Mexican Ambassador on August 5. The Department, in accordance with this assurance was entirely prepared to have the Special Convention signed in Mexico City but as you will recall the Mexican Ambassador informed us that he had full powers to sign that Convention here. The Department made no proposal to Mexican Ambassador that the General Convention be signed in Washington but in view of the statement made by him to Lane that he had full powers to sign that Convention, (see Department’s 453, August 23, 1 p.m.)22 we assumed that this was in accordance with the wishes of the Mexican Government. You may inform Estrada therefore that Department will send you full powers to sign Convention. It should be borne in mind that extending Convention must be signed on or prior to August 30, 1929.
With regard to note to be delivered to the Mexican Government simultaneously with or prior to signature of Convention Department proposes that you deliver note along lines of that transmitted in your 30623 and modified by Department’s 435,24 stating that you are doing so under instructions of your Government. The Department will tomorrow deliver a note signed by the Secretary to the Mexican Ambassador in order that the Mexican Ambassador may telegraph the text thereof to his Government and certify as to its authenticity. Please telegraph immediately whether this meets with Estrada’s approval.
  1. Not printed; it reported that the Foreign Office desired convention for the extension of the general claims convention to be signed in Mexico City and wished note to be signed by Secretary Stimson and to be delivered at the time convention is signed. (411.12/971)
  2. Not printed.
  3. Ante, p. 441.
  4. Ante, p. 443.