The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Salvador ( Engert )

No. 167

Sir: The Department has received Mr. Schuyler’s strictly confidential despatch of April 20, 1925,21 reporting a conversation with the President of Salvador in which Dr. Quiñonez stated that he was considering cooperating with the authorities of Honduras in the maintenance of peace in the Department of Ocotepeque.

If you find that the Government of Salvador is actually contemplating any steps of the nature suggested by Dr. Quiñonez you may say informally that this Government feels that the intervention of Salvador’s armed forces to maintain peace in Honduranean territory would set an undesirable precedent and very possibly cause international complications in Central America, and that it would therefore regret any intervention of this nature, however beneficial the immediate effect might be in promoting tranquillity in Honduras.

I am [etc.]

Joseph C. Grew
  1. Not printed; Montgomery Schuyler was the American Minister to Salvador.