The Ambassador in Panama ( Davis ) to the Secretary of State
875. Foreign Minister1 told me last night that he now considers time opportune to inaugurate active phase negotiations air agreement in view success Embassy conferences with National Assembly deputies, Cabinet Ministers and press November 11 and 15 (Embtel 866, November 12 and Embtel 873, November 162).…
We agreed on desirability reach agreement soon and submit to Assembly for ratification while sentiment favorable and before opposition has opportunity raise false issues. I pointed out present drafts have been cleared by US Government and Embassy has been authorized proceed with negotiations, which places US in position cooperate fully in endeavor reach early agreement. The Department will be kept informed of progress.