817.00/3789: Telegram

The Chargé in Nicaragua ( Dennis ) to the Secretary of State

134. I replied yesterday to Chamorro’s letter20 on basis Department’s telegram September 11, 1 p.m. He will give me letter tomorrow covering details and submitting names of Liberal and Liberal Republican leaders he wishes to invite to conference. Legation’s good offices in transmitting these invitations through Legations in neighboring countries and press here and there seem necessary. I propose to only transmit invitations to those whose names are submitted. It is thought preferable to hold conference in Corinto but not on war vessel. Chamorro will request United States to have naval authorities maintain neutral zone either of entire port and town or of small area around wharf and adjacent hotel as naval commander may prefer. This will be simple matter and afford ample security to delegates. I recommend I should be at once authorized, if requested, to offer this.

Exchange of notes on the proposed conference will be officially published soon. Conservative Party apparently unanimous in desire for conference and peace although somewhat doubtful of successful outcome. Inactivity here indicates willingness to attend.

  1. See telegram No. 130, Sept. 10, 6 p.m., from the Chargé in Nicaragua, p. 791.