The Chargé in Honduras ( Cousins ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 8:26 p.m.]
69. Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 43 dated October 5, 3 p.m., regarding Honduran-Nicaraguan border incident, I presented the suggestion contained therein to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He agreed that a joint survey might be the solution but he did not care to commit himself until a reply to his Government’s note of protest (see also my despatch No. 1127 of October 1, 194015) had been received from Nicaragua. It was apparent that the attitude [Page 454] of the Honduran Government would depend largely on the tone of the Nicaraguan reply. The Minister promised, however, to bring this suggestion of the Department to the attention of the President.
The Department is correct in assuming that the sections of the boundary on which the recent incidents have taken place is considerable distance from the territory now under dispute.
As a result of a long distance conversation just held with Baldwin16 at Managua it has become apparent that an impasse has been reached in which each Government is waiting for the other to make the first step.