713.1311/226: Telegram

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

34. My 32, January 29, 3 p.m., and telegram of January 29, 5 p.m., from Minister of Finance, Tegucigalpa.9 The President told me this afternoon that he had conferred with Chargé d’Affaires of Honduras and had requested him to present to President Carías his proposition substantially as follows:

1. The Presidents of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala will each send invitations to the Presidents of Costa Rica and El Salvador stating that they are doing so in the name of their respective countries and in agreement with the other two; Guatemala to be the place of the conference.

President Sacasa said that he had discussed foregoing with Guatemalan Minister and that latter said he had no instructions on matter. Minister Guatemala, however, requested the President (according to latter) to communicate his views direct with Ubico. Sacasa told me he would first await reaction from Carías.

The President said that he is willing to leave the date of the conference to the President of Guatemala. With respect to the apparent modification of his views regarding the place of conference he said that he now considered it wise to have the conference in the Central American country which has the greatest population and which therefore should naturally have the hegemony in this region.

The foregoing is my understanding of President Sacasa’s private views which, of course, are not for repetition to officials of other [Page 428]Central American countries but are merely for the information the Department and of our representatives in the respective countries.

Repeated to Central American missions and Panama.

  1. Presumably an error for “the Minister at Tegucigalpa”. See last sentence of telegram No. 8, January 29, 5 p.m., from the Minister in Honduras, p. 426.