The Minister in Panama ( South ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1125

Sir: With reference to my despatch No. 1088 of July 13, 1926,78 stating that the Secretary of Foreign Relations had promised an early reply to the Legation’s note of February 6, 1926, with regard to the boundary dispute between Panama and Costa Rica,79 I have the honor to transmit herein, with translation, a copy of note S. P. No. 1957, dated August 7, 1926, from the Secretary of Foreign Relations in which he states that he has received instructions from his Government to inform me that the proposal made by President Jimenez of Costa Rica on December 17, 1925, cannot be accepted by the Government of Panama.

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I have [etc.]

J. G. South
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The Panaman Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Alfaro ) to the American Minister ( South )

S. P. No. 1957

Excellency: Owing to the circumstances which I had the honor to explain orally to Your Excellency, no reply was made to the courteous note from the American Legation, No. 433, dated February 6, 1926. That note I now answer as follows:

My Government highly appreciates the interest which Your Excellency’s Government manifests in a prompt solution of the boundary dispute between Panama and Costa Rica and has duly considered the suggestion contained in that note to the effect that, a settlement making use of direct negotiations not being possible, as Panama intended, it feels that the proposal made December 17, 1925, by President Jimenez of Costa Rica, which appears in detail in the note referred to, is acceptable.

It is with regret that I inform Your Excellency that I have received instructions from my Government to state to Your Excellency that Panama cannot accept this proposal because it does not, in fact, constitute any concession by Costa Rica in return for the conciliatory attitude which we showed in making some suggestions for settling the question, first to Señor Casorla and afterwards through our confidential agent Dr. Fábrega.

I avail myself [etc.]

H. J. Alfaro
  1. Not printed.
  2. Note presented in accordance with instructions contained in telegram No. 8, Feb. 4, to the Chargé in Panama, supra.
  3. File translation revised.