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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Nicaragua,   pp. 659-677 PDF (5.8 MB)

Page 664

The Department of State has given careful consideration to the
enquiry of the British Embassy and wishes to state that it has taken
pleasure in transmitting the substance of the memorandum of March
19, last, to the Legation at Managua with instructions to bring the
matters contained therein to the attention of the Public Credit
The Department of State feels that the employment of its good
offices in this manner may only go so far as bringing to the attention
of the Public Credit Commission, in the manner outlined above, the
views of the British Government.
With further reference to the question of settlement of claims
against the Republic of Nicaragua, the Department wishes to advise
the British Embassy that it understands that the awards of the
Public Credit Commission of Nicaragua will be paid in the imme-
diate future.
WASHINGTON, April 2, 1918.
417.41/9: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Jefferson)
WASHINGTON, April 3, 1918, 6 p.m.
Department transmitted substance your March 4th 10 A.M. to the
British Embassy.9 The British Embassy informs the Department
that it has received instructions to state that, if Public Credit Com-
mission are unable to consent to separation of Bank claim from the
others, the British Embassy will have no alternative but refuse to
[sic] the offer made by the Commission, although they are reluctant
to adopt such a course; that result would be that it would become
necessary to deal with each claim separately and that they fear that
an unfortunate impression would be produced upon the situation as
explained; that, however, if the Bank claim was to be separated from
the other items, the only result would be that this claim would have
to be considered anew, the remaining items being settled and this
position would be, in opinion of British Government, preferable to
that resulting from reopening whole question Legation claim; that
British Government unable to concur in view taken by Commission
concerning Bank claim; that this claim was carefully investigated
and reduced to Ten thousand pounds with object to facilitating settle-
ment; that, if it should become necessary to refer claim to arbitra-
tion, it might be difficult to avoid reopening question of amount; that
British Government is anxious to consent to any settlement of Lega-
l See memorandum of Mar. 15, 1918, to the British Embassy, p. 661.

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