611.2131/253: Telegram

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

92. All interested Colombian officials whom I have met since my return to Bogotá have inquired about the status of the commercial agreement. They appear to be anxious as the result of reports that the United States will propose important changes in the agreement signed last December. Furthermore, President Lopez apparently intends within a few days to summon Congress to convene in extraordinary session in the month of December for the purpose of considering only the subjects enumerated in the Legation’s telegram No. 89, November 17, 10 a.m.,9 among which is not included the commercial agreement. In view of the above I believe it highly important that the Department immediately give the Colombian Government some indication as to what it will propose regarding the contents of the new agreement and when it may be published and freely discussed.

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