Mr. Hall to
Guatemala, March 19, 1886. (Received April 17.)
Sir: In his dispatch No. 466, of the 27th January last, Mr. Pringle reports to the Department that a treaty of peace between Nicaragua and Salvador was signed at Amapala, on or about the 12th of December, 1885, as the result of a conference of delegates from all of the Central American states. The conference did not take place in December, but on the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th of January, and resulted in the re-establishment of friendly relations between those states through the mediation of the delegates from the others. The convention, it cannot be called a treaty, was signed on the 13th of January. I inclose a copy and translation. The spirit manifested at the conference appears to have been highly conciliatory; the parties agreed to waive all explanations and the discussion of their respective grievances, limiting such discussion to the prime object of the conference, the renewal of their interrupted friendly relations, and the promotion of peace and tranquillity among the peoples of their states as an imperative necessity.
The fourth and last article of the convention provides for the settlement of future questions and disputes by arbitration; after having made use of other peaceful means of conciliation, it is agreed that such questions shall be submitted to the foreign diplomatic representatives in Central America, and, in case they should object, to the decision of one or more friendly Governments.
The convention was signed by the delegates of Nicaragua and Salvador as parties thereto, and by the delegates of Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica as mediators. It has since been ratified by the Governments of the two states most interested.[Page 59]
The conference at Amapala and its satisfactory result are due to the initiative of President Bogran, of Honduras, who took steps to bring it about immediately after the invasion of Nicaragua by an expedition fitted out in Salvador, as reported in No. 441, of the 4th November, 1885.
I inclose a copy of the protocol of the conference, but as its substance is contained in the convention, I have deemed it unnecessary to append a translation.
I have, &c.,