417.00/311a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Eberhardt)

25. Your 41, February 5, 11 a.m. The Department feels that the question of reconvening the Claims Commission and providing for the payment of awards will require very careful consideration and thorough study before any further steps are taken. This subject is of the greatest importance to the Department, because of the large amount of claims which have been filed by American citizens. The Department had presumed that further legislation would be enacted, even though not necessary for reconvening the Commission, and such further legislation was mentioned in your despatch 727, July 7, 192877 in connection with the proposed new Financial Plan. Inasmuch as no new Financial Plan materialized, and none is in prospect in the immediate future, it would appear that the question of reconvening the Claims Commission and making provision for the payment of awards will have to be considered as a separate measure. The Department is prepared to consider the selection of a suitable American representative when the time comes for the new Commission to be created. In the meantime, however, the Department desires [Page 672] you to discuss the question of the reconvening of the Claims Commission and the preparation of new legislation, if any seems necessary, with President Moncada, and report to the Department fully his and your views on this whole subject.

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