715.1715/1511: Telegram

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

86. Department’s telegram No. 69, September 25, 7 p.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs says that Nicaragua’s attitude toward the Honduran protest is still undecided as he has not yet consulted the President. He feels that the Honduran Government is endeavoring to exploit the incident with a view to impairing indirectly the authority and work of the Mediation Commission and will insist that any proposal for settlement of the present misunderstanding embody a clause providing that the Commission’s endeavors shall in no way be affected. He feels personally that Nicaragua should not put forward the offer of settlement; that if Honduras fails to do so, the proposal of a third party, preferably the United States, would receive friendly consideration.

He says that President Somoza may desire that Nicaragua take the initiative in making this offer.