Press Release Issued by the Department of State, June 8, 1926

Mr. Eberhardt, the American Minister to Nicaragua, having been granted leave of absence, left Managua for the United States on June 7. Mr. Lawrence Dennis, Secretary of the Legation, will remain in Managua as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.

Mr. Eberhardt’s departure has no political significance whatever; he is simply availing himself of the leave of absence to which he is legally entitled during the current year. The attitude of the United States Government towards the Chamorro régime remains unchanged. The American Government continues to be, as it has always been, a warm friend of the Nicaraguan people, but it does not and will not recognize as the Government of Nicaragua the regime now headed by General Chamorro. Needless to say the American Government sincerely hopes that the Nicaraguan people will by a return to a constitutional form of government make it possible for the United States to extend recognition to such a government and enter into formal diplomatic relations therewith.