740.0011 European War 1939/32425: Telegram

The Colombian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Lozano) to the Secretary of State


I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Government of Colombia has decided to adhere to the Declaration by the United Nations signed at Washington on January 1, 1942. This Government [Page 13] has sent full powers for signing this document to His Excellency Alfonso López, titular President of the Republic, who is at present in New York. In taking this step, which constitutes a logical and natural evolution of her preceding international attitudes, Colombia ratifies her willingness to cooperate by all means within her power with the free nations of the world, involved, like herself, in a decisive combat against the totalitarian political system. In defense of the right and liberty of the peoples unjustly attacked on various occasions by the German Reich my country has been compelled to proclaim a state of belligerency towards that Power and desires to bind itself closely to the bloc of nations united in the solidary effort against the common enemy and to collaborate more closely with the United States and the other belligerent nations of America in the defense of this continent. I request Your Excellency to take the necessary steps so that our plenipotentiary can sign the declaration to which I have referred, and I ask likewise that this action be made known to the Governments interested. I express cordial wishes for the victory of the United Nations and for the increasing prosperity and greatness of the United States and I repeat to Your Excellency at this opportunity the assurances of my highest consideration.

Carlos Lozano y Lozano