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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)


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approval of the new agreement at the present regular session of the
Colombian Congress the minimum public notice of 30 days would be
given. Assuming that this notice were given about September first
this Government would be in a position to sign the new agreement
about October first, which would leave about 20 days of the regular
session in which to obtain approval by the Colombian Congress. On
the other hand, if legislative approval in Colombia is to be sought at
a later time, 6 weeks' notice would be given here, which would permit
signature about the middle of October. Please ascertain and report
the probable plans of the Colombian Government in this matter.
  For your confidential information this Government desires to
bring the new agreement into force simultaneously with a similar
agreement with Brazil, negotiations for which are expected to begin
shortly.4 Tentative plans are to complete these negotiations and sign
the agreement with Brazil by December first. Present indications
are that the Brazilian legislature probably will not adjourn before
December 31 and that it could take action on the agreement before
that date. It is therefore important that legislative action be taken
on the new agreement with Colombia before the end of this year.
Please report such information as you may be able to obtain regarding
the prospects of such action.
                                                        PHILLIPS
611.2131/207: Telegram
  The Charge in Colominbia (Vwahington) to the ASecretary of State
                               BOGOTA', September 1, 1934-2 p. m.
                                            [Received 9: 04 p. m.]
  69. Department's 55, August 28, 6 p. m. Colombian Minister for
Foreign Affairs has informed me that his Government agrees to sign-
ing a new trade agreement and is cabling its Legation in Washington
to that effect. The Colombian Government desires to obtain approval
of the new agreement at the present regular session of Congress or
during the extraordinary session which will probably follow regular
session. (It is customary for the Colombian Congress to extend itself
in extraordinary session until November 15th.) The Colombian Gov-
ernment will leave to the United States to decide whether the new
agreement be signed the first week in October or later.
  I am informed verbally by the Minister that the Foreign Affairs
committees of the House and Senate have almost completed their study
of the agreement. They have however agreed to the signing of a new
one.
                                                     WASHINGTON
  S See vol. Iv, pp. 542 Xf.
     789736-52  9
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COLOMBIA


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