800.85/854: Telegram

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

744. Your 994, June 8, 6 p.m. In asking you to address a note to the Foreign Office the object was to obtain from the Colombian Government some statement in writing which would indicate the approval of the contract by that Government.

The Department believes it essential to obtain such a statement in order to safeguard the interests of this Government. It is the Department’s view that it is immaterial whether this statement is obtained from the Foreign Office or the Minister of Hacienda. In your discretion you may address a communication to the latter embodying the contents of Department’s 703 with appropriate changes in last paragraph and sign the contract after receipt from him of a communication giving the desired approval.