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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States with the address of the president to Congress December 7, 1915
(1915)

Nicaragua,   pp. 1104-1121 PDF (6.7 MB)


Page 1104

 NICARAGUA. 1 Continued from For. Rel. 1914, pp. 953—969.1104 
PROTEST OP THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THE PRESENCE IN 
COSTA RICA OF CERTAIN NICARAGUAN REVOLUTIONISTS. 
(See Costa Rica.) 
PROPOSED INTEROCEANIC CANAL TREATY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NICARAGUA,
AND PROTESTS OF SALVADOR AND COSTA RICA IN RELATION TH~ERETO.1 
File No. 817.812/10db. 
The Secretary Pt State to Minister Hale. 
[Telegram.] 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, January 28, 1915. 
 Have recently had a very pleasant exchange of views with the Costa Rican
Minister in regard to the purchase of a canal option. It seems that the.
friction noticeable in Costa Rica was due to a misunderstanding. When we
assured Costa Rica of our willingness to make a treaty with Costa Rica similar
to that with Nicaragua we had in view only the purchase of an option but
it seems that Costa Rica understood that such a treaty would include the
Platt Amendment. Now that they find that we had no thought of including the
Platt Amendment, and no desire to do so, all misunderstandings seem to have
been removed and I am conferring with the Minister here in~ regard tq the
price to be paid and the terms. They have idso suggested that they might
be willing to sell Cocos Island which lies some two hundred miles west from
Costa Rica in the Pacific. Costa Rica finds it impossible to protect the
island or to make use of it and is willing to sell. We are willing to buy
the island at a reasonable price and can include it in the treaty conveying
the canal option. In purchasi0ng the canal option we cannOt pay Costa Rica
more than we are paying Nicaragua. The three millions which we have agreed
to pay Nicaragua covers the naval base in Fonseca Bay as well as the canal
route and a much larger part of the canal route is in Nicaragua than in Costa
Rica. The indications here are that all misunderstandings have been removed.
Do you get the same impression there? 
BRYAN. 


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