611.2131/264: Telegram

The Chargé in Colombia (Washington) to the Secretary of State

112. Department’s 72, December 26, 4 p.m. Holidays and the preoccupation of the remaining official with the Rio de Janeiro Pact have apparently caused postponement of serious study of the proposals. The Secretary of the Foreign Office tells me that he is concerned over the changes regarding municipal and state taxes and over article X of the revised proposals. Regarding the latter he asks whether the United States might not apply control measures to the export of implements of war to Colombia which would not be applied to exports destined to an enemy of Colombia.

The Secretary also informs me that President Lopez had stated that he foresaw no difficulty in presenting the commercial treaty to Congress in the near future thereby indicating that he contemplated calling another extra session in the new year.