740.0011 European War 1939/32051: Telegram

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

2142. With reference to two telephone conversations with Keith3 this morning, the Senate approved at 1:30 a.m. today by vote of 33 to 13 a resolution approving Colombian Foreign Minister’s4 statement recognizing that Germany is in state of belligerency with respect to Colombia. As texts of Lozano’s statement and Senate resolution5 were dictated to Keith am not telegraphing but confirming by airgram following his formal statement. Lozano made speech to Congress stating that position of Colombian Government is the same as attitude of Brazil towards Axis and emphasized that note of June 25, 1942, to Germany regarding sinking of Resolute6 has never been answered.

  1. Gerald Keith, Assistant Chief, Division of the American Republics.
  2. Carlos Lozano y Lozano.
  3. For Spanish texts of these documents and Lozano’s account of events leading to the state of belligerency, see Lozano, Memoria de Relaciones Exteriores, 1944, pp. lxxi–lxxx.
  4. The Colombian schooner was sunk off Providencia Island, June 23, 1942, by a German submarine. Six members of the schooner’s crew were killed and three wounded by machine-gun fire from the submarine.