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

No. 576

Sir: The Department is contemplating recommending that the embargo on the export of arms and munitions of war from the United States to Honduras13 be lifted, provided such action would not be displeasing to President Carías or be likely to prejudice his Government. For your information the Department has informed the Legation at Managua that it is prepared to take similar action in the case of Nicaragua.14

If you see no objection, therefore, you are authorized to inform President Carías that the United States Government, in view of the circumstance that Honduras is tranquil and the conditions which gave rise to the embargo have ceased to exist, is contemplating lifting the embargo on shipments of arms and munitions of war to Honduras. You may express to President Carías the hope that the removal of the embargo will be agreeable to him.

The Department will await your reply before taking further action in this case.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles