Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Central America and Panama Affairs (Wise)6

Attached are various despatches7 from Panamá dealing with a proposed change in alignment of the Colon Corridor, and certain changes in small sections of the Canal Zone-Panamanian Boundary. The Department has taken the position (see A–739 of July 12, 1946) that the proposed changes are so significant as to require a new convention [Page 1173] with Panama. Canal Zone authorities agreed. Accordingly, the Embassy has, in cooperation with local U.S. and Panamanian officials, prepared a proposed exchange of notes on the matter under reference and in despatch no. 2625 of October 148 has requested the Department’s approval.

Would LE/T and LE go into a careful study of the proposal, handling as expeditiously as possible, and advise as to whether on technical and legal grounds the proposed exchange of notes may be approved.

Also, please advise whether it is believed clearance will be necessary in Washington with the Public Roads Administration and the Secretary of War.

M. Wise

[The proposed notes referred to in the memorandum printed supra were exchanged on May 26, 1947; for text, see Department of State Treaties and other International Acts Series No. 2029.]

  1. Addressed to LE/T: Mr. Barron and LE: Mr. Fahy.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Not printed.