The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Jefferson)34

No. 321

Sir: The Department desires to be informed of the exact present status with the Government of Nicaragua of the Treaties concluded [Page 169] at the Central American Peace Conference of 1907, held at Washington, which were known as the Conventions of 1907, to which the Government of Nicaragua and the Governments of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Salvador were signatory.35

The Department desires you to ascertain whether the Government of Nicaragua, in the case of the general Treaty of Peace and Amity, has ever given notice as provided in Article 19 of that Treaty of its intention to terminate its adherence thereto; and whether, in connection with the Extradition Treaty, Article 15, the Government of Nicaragua has given the notice provided for in that Article of its intention to terminate its adherence to that Treaty; and whether the Government of Nicaragua has taken any action regarding the Convention concerning future Central American Conferences, as provided for in Article 5 of that Convention. The Department also desires you to ascertain whether any measure of any kind has ever been taken by the Government of Nicaragua with a view to terminating its adherence to the Conventions for the Establishment of a Central American Bureau and providing for a Central American Court of Justice, and the Convention known as the Central American Pedagogical Institute.

In addition to the specific information outlined above, you are requested to ascertain the sentiment of the Government of Nicaragua towards these Treaties; and to sound them as to whether they might be inclined to reaffirm their adherence to the Treaties with a view to giving them a renewed and active value.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Alvey A. Adee
  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, to the representatives in Guatemala, Honduras, and Salvador. A similar instruction was sent on the same date to the consul at San Jose, Costa Rica.
  2. For texts of treaties, see Foreign Relations, 1907, pt. 2, pp. 692711.