713.1311/219: Telegram

The Minister in Honduras (Lay) to the Secretary of State

8. With reference to telegrams from Legations Managua, January 26, 5 p.m., and Guatemala, January 27, 3 p.m.6 In conversation with Foreign Minister here yesterday he told me that he was deferring definite consideration of agenda for forthcoming Central American conference until arrival of two Honduran delegates to Montevideo Conference where they had undoubtedly discussed this subject with the Foreign Minister of Nicaragua and Guatemala at Montevideo. The Honduran delegates are now in New Orleans and are expected here within a few days. The Foreign Minister said he did not know whether President Carías was agreeable to holding the conference in Guatemala but that he, the Foreign Minister, believed Panama the more suitable place in the event that Panama is to be included in the conference as well as in any treaties. He said that questions as to which Government should issue invitations, date for convening of conference, place where conference should be held, when and in what form invitations should be extended to Panama, could be settled promptly by interchange of telegrams between the Governments of Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua but that he thought the drafting of the agenda might be expedited by a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of these countries at Tegucigalpa.

The Foreign Minister expressed the hope that something would emanate from the conference that would aid in the settlement of the long-pending boundary dispute between Central American countries especially that between Honduras and Nicaragua.7

Repeated to Central American missions and Panama.

  1. See last sentence of telegrams cited, p. 423.
  2. See Foreign Relations, 1931, vol. i, pp. 792 ff.