713.1311/233: Telegram

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

39. My 38, February 5, 1 p.m. The President showed me this evening a protocol delivered to him today by Hernández de León which had already been signed by President Ubico on February 3 and in which provision is made for signature also by the Presidents of Nicaragua and Honduras. Preamble to protocol after referring to generalizations regarding desirability of maintaining friendly Central American relations states that “the five Central American nationalities” are desirous of revising the General Treaty of Peace and Amity of 1923. In the body of protocol it is provided that President of Nicaragua shall extend in name of Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua invitations to Governments of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua (sic) to meet in Guatemala on February 22 to revise the treaty or treaties of 1923.

The President said that he is telegraphing to Ubico tonight suggesting that he (Sacasa) should not extend the invitation for a conference in Guatemala much as he appreciates the honor of speaking for Guatemala and Honduras. He stated that he considered Costa Rica particularly would resent not being invited by Guatemala. He also referred to incorrectness of the three countries speaking (in preamble) for all five.

I believe that the President fully understands our attitude (as explained in Department’s circular telegram of January 31, 7 p.m.) and merely wishes to keep us fully informed.