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

No. 859

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s No. 321 of June 25, 1920 requesting information as to the exact present status with the Government of Nicaragua of the Treaties concluded at the Central American Peace Conference of 1907 and known as the Conventions of 1907.

For the information of the Department I have the honor to enclose herewith copy of a Memorandum41 requesting the information [Page 174] desired by the Department which was handed to the Sub-Secretary in charge of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on August 18th; and also copy and translation of a Memorandum of August 19th from the Foreign Office in reply to the Legation’s Memorandum.

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I have [etc.]

Benjamin L. Jefferson

The Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the American Legation

Nicaragua considers in force the treaties celebrated in Washington in 1907, generally known as the Central American Conventions of Washington, which were signed by the five Republics of the isthmus, with the sole exception of the convention on “Future Central American Conferences” whose duration was for five years and which was denounced by Nicaragua December 16, 1913, and of the convention creating the Central American Court of Justice, which established a definite period of duration of ten years, which also was denounced by Nicaragua March 11, 1917.43 This latter treaty, by clearly and definitely specifying its duration, would of itself have been incapable of duration at the expiration of the period indicated in it without the necessity of any special denouncement or measure to that effect.


Nicaragua considers in force in all its parts the General Central American Treaty of Peace and Amity signed in 1907, and since it has not been its intention to declare it not in force on its part, it has not used to date the right which article 19 of said treaty grants to it.

Thus on several occasions it has been brought to the attention of the Government of Salvador in the controversy with respect to the period of enforcement of that convention that on the part of Nicaragua it has been complied with and is being complied with in each and every one of its clauses.


The Government of Nicaragua has not made use of the right which article 15 of the Central American Extradition Treaty of 1907 concedes to it and therefore considers it in force in all of its parts.


As was said at the beginning, the Government of Nicaragua, making use of the right which article 5 of the convention on “Future [Page 175] Central American Conferences” concedes to it, denounced this convention December 16, 1913.


Nicaragua has not made any move to terminate or to consider not in force the Central American treaties relative to the Central American International Bureau and to the creation of a Central American Pedagogical Institute, and only, as has been said in paragraphs I and IV of this memorandum, has denounced the treaty relative to the creation of the Central American Court of Justice, on March 11, 1917, and the treaty on the future conferences, on December 16, 1913.

  1. Not printed.
  2. File translation revised.
  3. See Foreign Relations, 1917, p. 30.