817.00/3779: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Nicaragua ( Dennis )

[Paraphrase]

72. Legation’s telegrams No. 128, dated September 10, 10 a.m., No. 129, dated September 10, 5 p.m.,18 and No. 130, dated September 10, 6 p.m.

Because General Chamorro has requested the good offices of the Government of the United States for the purpose of reestablishing peace and constitutional government in Nicaragua, and because the Government of the United States is now, as it has always been, willing to lend its good offices to a friendly Nation in order to aid it (refer to the Department’s telegram No. 69 dated September 9, 7 p.m.)19 you are authorized to use your friendly good offices to the end that a truce may be established by the contending factions and that a conference may be held aboard an American warship provided all the contending factions express such a desire. In communicating with the Liberal leaders you will make it perfectly clear that you are merely using your good offices with the different factions for the purpose of obtaining a truce and restoring peace to the country. You will also make it clear that all agreements that may be reached are to be among the various political factions and that the Legation cannot be a party to such agreements, and that the Legation is merely exercising its good offices in this matter in order to restore peace and order in Nicaragua.

Kellogg
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