The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Panamá ( Muccio )

No. 3004

Sir: Reference is made to the Embassy’s despatch no. 4373 of July 21, 1943 enclosing a copy of a memorandum of July 14, 1943 from the Foreign Office indicating the position of the Panamanian Government on the changes proposed by this Government in order to satisfy Panamanian objections to S. 1115, a bill to extend the jurisdiction of Canal Zone courts to certain defense sites obtained from Panamá.

I am enclosing, for your information, a copy of a confidential memorandum of January 3, 1944, from the War Department,15 on the matter. The memorandum should not be made available to the Panamanian Government but in the event that further communication is considered necessary, you may inform the Foreign Office that pending further experience as to the necessity for legislation of the nature indicated, the War Department has decided to leave the matter in abeyance.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
A. A. Berle, Jr.
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