718.1915/735: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Costa Rica (Davis)37


22. Department’s telegram No. 21 dated November 10, 3 p.m.

The Department is now advised that the minimum amount acceptable to Panama is as follows: Costa Rica’s war trophies to be returned; no indemnity to Panama; immediate survey of the boundary along the lines of the White award and the Loubet line to the vicinity of Cañas Gordas; thence the line would proceed to the 83d meridian and follow the 83d meridian to the point where it crosses the Loubet line in the vicinity of Cerro de Burica and thence follow the line of the Loubet award to the sea at Punta Burica. If, in your opinion, the line set forth in the Department’s telegram No. 21 dated November 10, 3 p.m., would not be acceptable to Costa Rica, would this new line, in your opinion, be acceptable?

It is the understanding of the Department that Fabrega stated he intended to return to Panama on November 13 because of Costa Rica’s uncompromising attitude. The Panaman Minister has suggested to his Government that he be instructed to remain pending a decision by the Department as to what support, if any, it can give to the last proposal of Panama. Cable Department as to your views. Until further instructed do not discuss question with Costa Rican officials.

  1. Repeated, except for the first paragraph, to Panama as the Department’s telegram No. 71, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.