740.0011 European War 1939/32339: Telegram

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

2302. Foreign Minister inquired of me today whether the United Nations Declaration is considered by us to have the juridical status of a treaty or of a mere declaration. Lozano said that the Government wishes to determine whether or not it will be necessary to submit the adherence of Colombia to Congress for the latter’s approval.

I replied that I would consult the Department immediately but that in my personal opinion the declaration is not considered by the Department to have the same status as a treaty as I did not believe the adherence of the United States had been submitted to the Senate for approval. I likewise said that from my experience in Costa Rica I did not believe that the Costa Rican Congress had approved the Costa Rican adherence.

It would be appreciated if the Department would telegraph me its views as soon as possible for oral transmittal to the Foreign Minister.