819.01/12–1249: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Panama


488. You are instructed to deliver following note to FonMin Dec 14, 10 a. m.:

“Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your Excellency’s note of Dec 10, 19491 confirming that the Government of Panama will maintain and respect all treaties and other international obligations in force, and that it accepts as valid all international acts performed by previous Panamanian administrations.

Your Excellency states also that the Government has the support of the great majority of the Panamanian people, that it controls all the national territory, which is entirely peaceful, and that it is fully capable of maintaining these conditions both for the sake of the welfare of the country and to make possible taking an appropriate part in the common task of strengthening continental solidarity.

I was pleased to inform my government immediately of the content of your Excellency’s communication. I am now authorized to make formal acknowledgement thereof, and to express the hope of my Government that the traditional friendship and mutual respect which have characterized relations between our countries will continue.

Accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”2

  1. See footnote 2 to memorandum of conversation, December 9, 1949, supra.
  2. In telegram 828 from Panama, December 14, 1949, Ambassador Davis reported that he had delivered this note as instructed (819.01/12–1449), For the Secretary’s statement of December 14 on recognition of the Arias regime, see Department of State Bulletin, December 26, 1949, p. 990.

    In a circular telegram of December 10, 1949, to diplomatic officers in all the American Republics except Panama, the Department instructed these officers to advise the respective Foreign Ministers on the morning of December 12 that the United States planned to recognize Panama two days later (819.01/12–1049).