The Chargé in Colombia ( Washington ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 8:30 p.m.]
1. Colombian Senate failed to approve Rio pact2 so that ratifications could be exchanged on December 31st. It has been the general feeling that approval would have been granted if a vote had been taken but this was prevented by the parliamentary tactics of the Conservative opposition. Conservative leader Laureano Gomez’s term as President of the Senate expired on the 31st. Public sentiment is apparently in favor of the pact and it may be ratified early in January under a new Senate President. It is understood that the Government is considering trying to obtain Peru’s consent to a later exchange of ratifications.