No. 62.
Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard.

No. 579.]


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I have the honor to inform you that about a month ago the minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala tendered the good offices of his Government to those of the two states (Nicaragua and Costa Rica) for the settlement of their pending questions. To-day the minister informs me that both Governments have accepted the proffered mediation of Guatemala; that the negotiations will be transferred to this capital, and that each party will send a minister with full-powers and instructions.

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I shall forward copies of the correspondence between these Governments as soon as I can obtain them; in the mean time I inclose translations of Señor Cruz’s note and of the telegrams to which he refers.

I have, etc.,

Henry C. Hall.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 579.—Translation.]

Señor Cruz to Mr. Hall.

My Dear Sir: For your personal information I have the pleasure to inclose copies of the telegrams that the ministers for foreign affairs of Nicaragua and Costa Rica have addressed to me in reply to the notes from this Government offering them its good offices for the settlement of the questions pending between those states.

With high consideration, I am, etc.,

Fernando Cruz.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 579.—Telegram.—Translation.]

Señor Elizondo to Señor Cruz.

I received in due course your very courteous note of October 2, in which you are pleased to offer to this Government the friendly mediation of that of Guatemala, in the question now being discussed between this Republic and Costa Rica. Yesterday I received a telegram from, the minister for foreign affairs of Costa Rica, in which he informs me that he had received from your Government a similar note. The minister adds that he accepts the mediation, and that he desires, in case Nicaragua also accepts, that the negotiations be transferred to Guatemala in order that the friendly offices of the mediating Government may be more efficient.

My Government thanks yours for the friendly and fraternal sentiments of which it has given proof in its above-mentioned note. In view thereof, and of the fact that Nicaragua has endeavored, by all the means at her command, to obtain a solution in harmony with the rights and interests of both countries, and inasmuch as Costa Rica has already accepted the proffered mediation of the Guatemalan Government, Nicaragua also accepts it with satisfaction, and in due time will send her minister to that capital.

By mail, I shall have the pleasure to answer your referred-to note.

I am, etc.,

Joaquin Elizondo.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 579.—Telegram.—Translation.]

Señor Esquivel to Señor Cruz.

I have received the interesting note in which you inform me that your Government is disposed to mediate, with its good offices, in our differences with Nicaragua. My Government considers the noble attitude of yours a proof of its praiseworthy purpose to contribute efficiently towards the conservation of fraternal relations between the peoples of Central America. Such laudable conduct highly honors Guatemala, and I hasten to manifest to you that my Government accepts her mediation with thanks.

I have telegraphed to the Government of Nicaragua to ascertain whether they are also determined to accept the friendly offer of Guatemala, and if so, that I deem it advisable to transfer the negotiations to that capital. I am convinced that the matter will be dealt with advantageously to the two states by a Government which shows itself to be the friend of both. If Nicaragua responds to our wishes, my Government will soon send a minister to Guatemala with suitable powers and instructions.

I am, etc.,

scension Esquivel.