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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Costa Rica,   pp. 455-471 PDF (9.0 MB)


Page 455


                            COSTA RICA.
 CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE LEGATION OF COSTARICA
                         AT WASHINGTON.
                                No. 312.
              Mr. Rives to Sefior Don Pedro Perez Zeleddn.
                                   DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                       Washington, January 16, 1888.
  'Si: I have the honor to inform you* that the President, having con-
  sented to act as arbitrator of the questions between Costa -Rica and
  Nicaragua, presented under the convention of arbitration signed by the
  plenipotentiaries of these republics at Guatemala City on the 24th day
  of December, 1886, and having received within the periods named in
  the said convention the respective arguments of the parties to the ar-
  bitration, which have been duly communicated to the opposing parties'
  as required by said convention, and further, the respective replies of
  each of the parties to the arguments of the other, has been pleased,
  under the power conferred upon him by the last paragraph of the fifth
  article of said convention by an act dated the 16th instant, a copy
  of which I have the honor to inclose herewith for your information, to
  delegate his powers as arbitrator aforesaid to me, to the end that the
  fullest examination of the- point or points in dispute between the Gov-
  ernments of Costa Rica and Nicaragua shall be made to enable the ar-
  bitrator to reach a just and equitable conclusion in the premises and
  pronounce a final decision or award thereon. -
        Accept, etc.,.
                                                         G. L.'RIVES.
                                 [Inclosure.l
                Grover Cleveland, President of the United States.
   Whereas, by a convention of arbitration between the Government of the
Republics of
 Costa Rica and Nicaragua. signed at Guatemala City on the 24th day of December,
 1886, the high contracting parties agreed to submit to arbitration the question
pend-
 ing between them in regard to the validity of the treaty of limits of 15th
April, 1858,
 between the said Governments, together with such other points of doubtful
interpre-
 tation as may require decision in the event of the said treaty of limits
being found
 valid;
   And whereas, under the terms of the said convention of arbitration, the
contracting
 parties haye solicited my acceptance of the office of arbitration to decide
such ques-
 tion or questions, and the charge has been accepted by me;
   And whereas, within the periods named in the said convention of arbitration,
the
 parties to the arbitration have submitted to me their respective arguments,
which
 have been duly communicated to the opposing parties as required by saidtconvention
and, further, the respective replies of each of the parties to the argument
of the other
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*A similar note was addressed to the minister of Nicaragu .a.


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