Mr. Hall to
Guatemala , December 27, 1886. (Received Jan. 17, 1887.)
Sir: With reference to * * * correspondence relating to the difficulties pending between Nicaragua and Costa Rica concerning their boundaries, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy and translation of a convention signed on the 24th instant, by the commissioners of those Governments with the mediation of Señor Cruz, the minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala, to whose efforts as a mediator, I am informed, it is due that the commissioners came to terms.
The object of the convention, as stated in the preamble, “is to submit to the arbitration of the Government of the United States the question between them in regard to the validity of the treaty of the 15th of April, 1858.”
Article 11 stipulates for an exchange of ratifications on the 30th of June, 1887, or sooner if possible. This postponement is precisely what the Nicaraguan Government wished to avoid; it has been conceded on the ground that the Costa Rican Congress does not meet until the 1st of May next. It is no unusual event in any of these states that a special session of Congress is called at a few days’ notice for matters of much less importance.
Within sixty days after the exchange of the ratifications the two Governments will solicit of the arbitrator his acceptance of the appointment. It is probable, therefore, that this solicitation will not reach the Department before the month of July next.
In the interval the Costa Rican Government consents, as stipulated in Article 9, to suspend the effect of its decree of the 16th of March last, concerning the navigation of the San Juan River by a Costa Rican steamer. I inclose a translation of the decree referred to, which has been the immediate cause of the present difficulties.
I have, etc.,