714.1515/57: Telegram

The Minister in Honduras (Ewing) to the Secretary of State

Foreign Minister yesterday transmitted to Legation telegrams to President, to the effect that Guatemalans have penetrated further into Honduras; increasing forces to 400; interfering with construction [Page 86]work Cuyamel Railroad. Company’s concession dates from 1902, with no Guatemalan interference until now. Honduras requests good offices United States to secure withdrawal of Guatemalan forces to left margin Motagua River; otherwise, Honduras will not discuss any treaty with Guatemala.

Manager, Cuyamel, today telegraphs Guatemalans encamped thousand feet south of Rio Nuevo Bridge, stating their presence purpose preventing further construction. Railroad company undertaking extensive development bananas, food product essential United States. Guatemala will undoubtedly oppose further construction railroad unless United States intercedes.

Ewing