800.85/655a: Telegram

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

739. From the War Shipping Administrator. Confirming telephone conversation War Shipping Administration will accept transfer of vessels from Federación Nacional de Cafeteros in accordance with agreement referred to in our No. 645 of June 3, 8 p.m. and will send down crews as soon as air transportation can be arranged. Will transmit check for payment to you upon receiving documents transferring title to War Shipping Administrator together with opinion by Foreign Minister or other equally responsible official of Colombian Government to the effect that requisition was valid, that title was validly transferred by Colombia to Federación Nacional de Cafeteros and that documents transferring title from Federación Nacional de Cafeteros to War Shipping Administrator are valid, all in accordance with laws of Colombia. Please confirm.86

  1. On July 2, 1942, the Ambassador in Colombia reported to the Department that the Colombian Minister for Foreign Affairs had informed him the preceding day that the arrangement was satisfactory, and that he would take up immediately with the Government departments concerned the question of issuing the necessary documents to legalize the transfer of the vessels. The transfer of the tankers took place on August 6, 1942.