837.00/2012: Telegram

The Representative on Special Mission in Cuba (Crowder) to the Secretary of State

34. Reference to my number 32, [February 26,] 11 a.m. President Menocal called Conservative conciliation committee together Saturday morning to consider my letter. The committee consented to withdraw objectionable language and to meet the President and Liberal conciliation committee in joint session Saturday evening. Result was agreement as to all fundamentals, including use of armed forces and police, expressed in resolutions unanimously adopted and satisfactory to me. President Menocal confident that executive committee of both parties will ratify. If so we shall have joint bi-partisan committees of four working in the interests of public order and fair elections in each province and in each municipality and similar committees of two in each college where partial elections are to be held; also an inspector in each such college to enter upon his duties five days before date election. Electoral situation in consequence much improved. Hope to be able to report tomorrow substantial progress of Supreme Court in deciding contested election cases, and that March 10th is still a possible date for partial elections. Before date of election I shall give out public statement quoting salient parts of Department’s number 55, February 21, 7 p.m.