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The Ambassador in Venezuela (Corrigan) to the Secretary of State

24. Your 14, February 29, 4 p.m. Dr. Gil Borges32 feels that the American position may be weakened if a protest is made before statutes for the government of the continental security zone have been drawn up and accepted by the 21 republics. He doubts that by this criterion the Wakama incident would constitute a violation. However, the Foreign Minister will not advise his Government to hold back from a collective action provided all have agreed, and he has promised the Embassy a written statement of its position after conferring with the President.

  1. Esteban Gil Borges, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs.