810.20 Defense/9–1640: Telegram

The Ambassador in Colombia (Braden) to the Secretary of State

273. My telegram No. 270, September 14 [15], 1940. In an hour’s conversation with Minister of War this morning, it was agreed I should prepare for him memorandum of all points we desire covered in staff agreement. Based on this, he will endeavor to draft the latter and will have further consultations with me thereon.

Two points emphasized by Minister of War were:

Delicate political situation necessitates utmost caution by Colombian Government in these matters.
What Colombian Government can and will guarantee without reservation is to maintain internal order and that there shall never be an attack on the Canal from its territory.