816.01/366: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in El Salvador (McCafferty)

1. President Sacasa has undertaken as of his own initiative to suggest that he and the Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica and the de facto President of El Salvador reached an agreement substantially as follows:

[Here follows text of draft agreement quoted in telegram No. 8, January 13, 1 p.m., from the Minister in Nicaragua, page 226.]

President Sacasa has sent his cousin, Crisanto Sacasa, as his representative to present the foregoing suggestion to the other Presidents of Central America. His plan is understood to be to visit Guatemala, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador and San José in the order named. The American Minister in Managua has authorized President Sacasa to permit his representative to advise the other interested governments orally and confidentially that his proposal meets with the approval of this Government and that the United States is prepared to recognize the present government of El Salvador as soon as recognition is accorded by Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. You may confirm this understanding if you are approached by the de facto President or Minister of Foreign Affairs in the matter during or subsequent to the visit of Dr. Sacasa’s representative to San Salvador.