710.H Continental Solidarity/13

The Chargé in Colombia ( Greene ) to the Secretary of State
No. 2441

Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that the Colombian Senate in its closing session yesterday, as reported in the press,69 approved the following declaration, in translation:

The Senate of Colombia expresses its admiration and its gratitude to Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, for his effective defense of democratic ideas and systems; for his intervention to save the peace within and without the continent; and for the loyal and constant carrying out of the “good neighbor” policy, based on respect of the sovereignty of all peoples.

In the name of the Republic of Colombia, the Senate confirms its wish to continue serving the principle of American solidarity which has inspired the international policies of President Roosevelt.

This declaration was made following the report of the committee charged with the study of the bill proposing the Colombian citizenship for President Roosevelt, referred to in the Legation’s despatch No. 2394 of October 24, 1938.70 As the granting of citizenship to President Roosevelt was impracticable under Colombian law, the [Page 42] matter was settled by the unanimous approval of the declaration quoted above, the Spanish text of which is enclosed herewith as published in the press. The official text is not yet available but it is not presumed to differ from that in the press.

Respectfully yours,

Winthrop S. Greene
  1. El Liberal November 17, 1938.
  2. Not printed.