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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)

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The British Ambassador (Spring Rice) to the Secretary of State
No. 187                           WASHINGTON, June 29, 1916.
SIR: With reference to my note No. 97 of April 12 1 and your
reply No. 1160 of May 5 2 I have the honour under instructions
from His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
to enclose herewith four lists of British Claims against the
Nicaraguan Government.8
List 1 comprises claims for arbitrary acts and on account of War
List 2 comprises claims for cash or goods supplied or services
rendered to the Nicaraguan Government and recognized by them.
List 3 comprises Promissory Notes of the Nicaraguan Govern-
ment received by British subjects in payments of debts.
List 4 comprises Promissory Notes of the Treasurer of the
Republic of Nicaragua held by British firms in guarantee of
amounts due to them by local firms.
Certified copies of the documents proving the acknowledgment by
the Nicaraguan Government of all the claims, and debts referred to
in Lists 2, 3 and 4 are in possession of His Majesty's Embassy and
can be submitted to your Department for convenience of reference
should you so desire.
As regards the claims enumerated on List 1, they were, as stated
in my Note to you No. 393 of October 28 1915,4 recognized by the
Nicaraguan Government in 1912 in a formal agreement with His
Majesty's Government whereby the former agreed to pay the sum
of £15,800 cash in settlement of outstanding claims of British sub-
jects up to that date, also £4000, for claims arising out of the revo-
lution of 1912, i.e. a sum of £19,800, together with accrued interest.
These claims are accordingly on a different footing from those on
the other lists and in any settlement that may be arrived at they
should be paid in full.
'Foreign Relations, 1916, p. 833.
2Ibid., p. 836.
BNot printed.
"Foreign Relations, 1915, p. 1118.

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