714.1515/67: Telegram

The Chargé in Honduras (Belt) to the Secretary of State

Department’s January 9, 8 p.m., January 17, 5 p.m. Addressed separate notes Foreign Office as to whether or not Honduras intended to abide by her statement as reported in Legation’s December 24, 3 p.m.

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This afternoon sent for by Foreign Minister and in company with newly appointed Minister to Washington visited President. Latter brought up question referred to. … Foreign Minister without consulting President on December 24th officially bound Honduras to withdraw forces. President, Foreign Minister promise immediate reply but state conditions have materially altered since conference 24th. Further state earnestly desire temporary establishment neutral zone reported in Legation’s December 27, 2 p.m.3 President stated establishment zone as first proposed would be so indefinite and leave open to occupation by Guatemalan forces Department of Copan. Honduras desires to submit entire question United States with President United States as mediator submitting all documentary evidence to the Government of the United States.

President accepted instantly suggestion appointment consular agent Sinchado considering this would be recognition United States Sinchado as within Honduranean territory. President desires urge upon [United States] appoint at once.

Government further states Guatemala has not withdrawn forces and it is necessary to maintain forces within already recognized Honduranean territory to prevent further encroachment by Guatemala.

President may send Commission to Washington and very desirous Motagua River be agreed upon as temporary neutral zone pending definite settlement.

Promised note tomorrow in answer to Legation’s. President[’s] creation neutral zone (as suggested?) appears equitable and would create very favorable impression here without injuring rights of either country. This would relieve delicate situation subject to [final settlement] by mediation.