The Secretary of State to the Secretary of War (Dern)17

My Dear Mr. Secretary: Reference is made to my letter of January 20, 1933,18 apprising you of the policy of this Government with reference to placing of its facilities at the disposal of either of two American states between whom hostilities are in progress or threatened.

In view of the recent peaceful settlement of the Leticia controversy between Perú and Colombia, that policy is no longer applicable to these countries, although it of course still applies to Bolivia and Paraguay between which countries hostilities are still in progress.

Accordingly, and with particular reference to your inquiry of May 14, 1934, I should appreciate it if you would be good enough so to advise the appropriate officials of the Canal Zone, in order that, should either Colombia or Perú apply in the future for the facilities of the Canal Zone, they may be granted as they would be normally to any other country.

Sincerely yours,

Cordell Hull
  1. Letter comprising first two paragraphs of this letter was sent on the same date to the Secretary of the Navy.
  2. Not printed, but see footnote 6, p. 379.