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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920
(1920)

Salvador,   pp. 728-746 PDF (6.4 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1920, VOLUME III
Salvadoran people, who opposed and energetically condemned the
subversive movement.
Eleventh. The Government of Salvador, anxious to conserve the
peace and good will which must exist between neighboring countries,
has asked the Government of Honduras to capture and intern the
Salvadoran political refugees and to expel their leaders, without
setting any time limit therefor; this application cannot be considered
in any way to be an ultimatum.
Twelfth. The Government of Salvador is in possession of affi-
davits which prove that Captain Major Antonio R. Lima, a Salva-
doran political refugee, under an order of the ninth of March of this
year, authorized by Dr. Carlos Lagos, Minister of War of Honduras,
was appointed machine-gun instructor of the First Regiment of
Artillery of the Honduran Army. The Government of Salvador
regards with grave concern the fact that that same Captain Major
Antonio R. Lima, under the designation of Chief of Machine Guns,
had enlisted among the Salvadoran revolutionists forming part on
active duty of the group that invaded the national territory.
Thirteenth. Inasmuch as the conduct of the Minister of War of the
Government of Honduras, Dr. Carlos Lagos, has shown him to be
tolerant toward the Salvadoran revolutionists, perhaps on account
of the said Dr. Carlos Lagos having taken an important part in the
propaganda of opposition to the present order of things during the
last electoral campaign in Salvador, my Government has signified to
the Government of Honduras the serious fears it entertains that the
presence of Dr. Carlos Lagos in the Honduran Cabinet may, in the
future, prove an obstacle to the harmony and good understanding
between the Governments of the two countries.
Fourteenth. The Government of Salvador knows that the Lega-
tion of Honduras in Washington gave out the news that the Gov-
ernment of Salvador had launched against that of Honduras in the
beginning of this month a revolution organized with Honduran
political refugees and that on that account, it would not be a remote
possibility that the Government of Honduras might let loose against
the Government of Salvador Arturo Araujo and other Salvadoran
political refugees. The foregoing assertions of the Legation of
Honduras in Washington, made prior to the date on which Se-nor
Araujo and other Salvadoran political refugees invaded the national
territory, are significant, and their bearing is to be taken into serious
consideration inasmuch as Salvador has not launched any revolution
whatever against the Government of Honduras, as I informed the
Department of State at the proper time, giving also assurance that
the Government of Salvador is faithfully complying with its duties
as a good neighbor.
The obviously earnest, loyal, and correct conduct of the Govern-
ment of Salvador brought out in the foregoing statement impels it
again to deny the charges brought against its correct international
action and to decline all responsibility for what has occurred.
In stating here its firm desire for the maintenance of peace in
Central America and especially with the Government of Honduras,
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