File No. 718.1915/237.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, June 3, 1915.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit a copy of my note sent to the Foreign Office of Panama in compliance with the Department’s instruction No. 137 of the date of April 28 last, relating to matter of the acceptance by Panama of the award rendered by Chief Justice White in the boundary dispute between Costa Rica and Panama.
Some weeks ago Panama reestablished its Legation in Costa Rica, which had been abandoned several years ago, and appointed Señor Santiago de la Guardia as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Republic. The new Minister is an able man; has affiliations in Costa Rica; in fact, I understand that some years since, when he lived there, he occupied high official positions, including that of a cabinet portfolio at one time. He has been a leader in law and politics in Panama since the establishment of the Republic, having at one time been Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Señor de la Guardia is and has been affiliated with the Conservative party in Panama and an opponent of the present administration.
The Panaman Foreign Office admit that his appointment was for the purpose of attempting to further a compromise settlement with Costa Rica following the rendition of the award of Chief Justice White.
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