810.20 Defense/3–845: Telegram

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

347. I have the impression that the Colombian General Staff is somewhat unhappy in that it has no specific information on the exact nature of the conversations which are to be initiated April 2 and feels that it is at a disadvantage in preparing itself for these conversations, particularly since even very minor military questions have to be cleared through President López. This applies to both the Army and the Navy.

Since conversations have already taken place in Chile it should be feasible and desirable to release immediately to the Colombians a list of the questions which the American group would like to take up. What does the Department desire me to say if the matter is officially taken up with me, which seems probable.