The Chargé in Nicaragua (Hanna) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 24.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 509 of May 6, 1929, directing the Legation to obtain from the Brigade Commander and forward to the Department a full report of the conference held at Las Manos on April 6, 1929, and of the agreement said to have been entered into with the Honduran representatives, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a letter dated June 4, 1929, addressed to the Legation by the Brigade Commander outlining the facts which he has been able to gather with reference to the conference up to date.
The Brigade Commander states that with respect to the reported agreement he is still unable to furnish definite information since Captain Stockes is still on leave in the United States. He has informed the Legation, however, that Captain Stockes is expected to return shortly and additional information should be available at that time.19
It is noted that in the second paragraph of the Department’s instruction referred to, the following appears, “Article I of which states that the Nicaraguan and Marine forces will from that date onward cease the pursuit of Sandinistas on the Honduran frontier with American airplanes in view of the damage caused within Honduran territory by such operations.”
That portion of the text of article 1 of the reported agreement, as transmitted by the Legation at Tegucigalpa is as follows: “1. Los representates de las fuerzas del Gobierno de Nicaragua y del Comandante General de Nueva Segovia, Coronel J. A. Rossell, se obligan a que terminen de hoy en adelante la persecución de Sandinistas, en la forma en que se ha venido desarrollando, por los aviones [Page 572]americanos, en la frontera de Honduras con Nicaragua, porque se tiene en cuenta los perjuicios que puedan causarse en territorio hondureno, etc.”
This article is translated by the Legation at Tegucigalpa as follows: “The representatives of the forces of the Nicaraguan Government and of the Commandant General of Nueva Segovia, Colonel J. A. Rossell, bind themselves from today on to end the pursuit of Sandinistas in the form in which they have been using, by the American airplanes, for the damage which it can cause in Honduran territory as taken into consideration and etc.”
A more accurate translation of that portion of Article 1 would probably be the following: “The representatives of the forces of the Government of Nicaragua and of the Commandant General of Nueva Segovia, Colonel J. A. Rossell, bind themselves to cause to be terminated from today on the persecution of Sandinistas in the manner in which it has been carried out on the Honduran-Nicaraguan border by American airplanes, taking into account the damage which may be caused in Honduran territory, etc.”
The Department will be kept fully informed of any additional information concerning the conference at Las Manos which may become available.
I have [etc.]
- No further report appears to have been made to the Department of State.↩