817.00/5099a: Telegram

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

163. In answer to inquiries by press correspondents the Secretary on October 26 made the following statement:

“As I have said before, the United States is not going to select any candidate for President of Nicaragua either Conservative or Liberal. Neither is the United States going to back or use its influence [Page 370]for the election of any particular person. The United States is going to do its best to see that there is a fair, open and free election where everybody who is entitled to vote has an opportunity to do so. This has been made perfectly plain. Of course following the Constitution of Nicaragua and the Treaty97 the United States cannot recognize anybody who is not qualified under the Constitution to hold the office.”

General Moncada was presented to the Secretary this morning by Nicaraguan Minister. The Secretary repeated this statement to him.

  1. i. e., the general treaty of peace and amity, signed Feb. 7, 1923.