711F.1914/338: Telegram

The Ambassador in Panama ( Wilson ) to the Secretary of State

209. The Minister of Foreign Relations asked me to call this morning. He said that the Panamanian Cabinet had considered yesterday our reply of July 8 to the Panamanian 12 points and found it in general satisfactory. He said that he thought it would have a helpful effect on public opinion here to publish an unofficial summary of our reply with explanatory comment and he proposed to give such a story to the Government newspaper for publication this afternoon, I requested that as a matter of courtesy he permit me to consult with you and see if you had any objection. After considerable argument he agreed to this, requesting as early a reply as possible so that publication can take place tomorrow.41

I will try to telephone the Department this afternoon but in case I am unable to get through please cable reply immediately.

  1. Notation on margin: “Reply to Amb. Wilson by telephone—not desirable to publish anything. 8/2/41.”