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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. The American Republics
(1934)

Colombia,   pp. 66-85 PDF (7.2 MB)


Page 66


COLOMBIA
NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING A NEW TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN
THE UNITED STATES AND COLOMBIA TO REPLACE THE AGREEMENT
OF DECEMBER 15, 19331
611.2131/205b: Telegram
      The Acting Secretary of State to the Charge in Colombia
                         (Wa8hington)
                             WASHINGTON, August 28,1934-6 p.m.
  55. Consideration is being given to the means of bringing into force
the provisions of the trade agreement signed December 15, 1933.2 It
was contemplated when the agreement was signed that it would be
made effective on the part of this Government by special act of Con-
gress. It is now desired to bring the provisions of the agreement into
force under the Trade Agreements Act of June 12, 1934,3 which does
not apply to agreements concluded prior thereto. Moreover, Section
4 of the Act requires reasonable public notice of the intention to con-
clude such agreements, such notice being defined by Executive Order
as notice of not less than 30 days.
  Please take up the matter with the Colombian Government and
ascertain its attitude regarding the signing of a new agreement. It
is not anticipated that any important changes of substance in the
provisions of the agreement signed December 15, 1933 would be pro-
posed by this Government since the views of domestic interests were
received and considered under the informal procedure prevailing
when that agreement was negotiated. However, it would not be con-
sistent with the purpose of Section 4 of the Act to give any definite
assurance to this effect. In any case some changes of a formal char-
acter would probably be appropriate, particularly in Article XI which
relates to the method of making the agreement effective.
  Consideration must be given at this time to the probable plans of
the Colombian Government with respect to obtaining legislative
approval of the new agreement as these plans have a bearing on the
length of notice to be given by this Government under Section 4 of
the Act. If the Colombian Government should desire to obtain
1 See Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. v, pp. 217 if.
2Ibid., p. 249. For an analysis of the provisions of the agreement, see instruc-
tion No. 55, April 5, 1934, to the Minister in Nicaragua, post, p. 499.
848 Stat. 943.
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