715.1715/1512: Telegram

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

87. Referring to my telegram No. 86, September 28, 4 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs has informed me that President Somoza desires a commission to be named for a new survey of the stretches on the frontier with Honduras through which the correctness of the position of present markers is disputed. He desires the initiative for this survey commission to come from the American Government if possible, and wishes to know our reaction to this proposal.

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He suggests that if such action is deemed politic by us, the text of the proposal addressed to the governments should contain a clause providing that the appointment of the commission as proposed shall in no way be taken to impair the authority or the validity of the findings of the present Mediation Commission handling the question of the disputed territory.