The Secretary of State to President Harding
My Dear Mr. President: I have the honor to transmit herewith the English draft of the proposed protocol between the United States and Costa Rica, by which the two Governments engage to enter into negotiations concerning the construction of an interoceanic canal when the President of the United States is authorized by law to acquire control of the rights which Costa Rica possesses in the San Juan River or in Salinas Bay and such portion of the territory of Costa Rica as may be desirable and necessary on which to construct and protect the canal. I am transmitting, likewise, the full power for your signature.1
While the protocol, by reason of its nature, does not, in my judgment, require the consent of the Senate to its ratification, you will note that the provisions of the protocol stipulate that it is to be ratified with the advice and consent of the Senate and of the Costa Rican Congress. I have consented to the inclusion of this provision because of the belief of the Government of Costa Rica, expressed to me by the Costa Rican Minister, that the protocol requires the consent of the Costa Rican Congress to its ratification, and also because of the statement made by that Government that the negotiation of this protocol would cause far greater satisfaction in Costa Rica should the consent of the United States Senate be obtained to its ratification.