817.00/6921: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Hanna)

5. Legation’s 5, January 5, 4 p.m. You may inform President Moncada that I am disposed to concur in his suggestion that a temporary military force of approximately 500 men be established for the purpose of contributing to the suppression of the recently intensified bandit activities reported by you.

It must be clearly understood and formally agreed upon, however, that the proposed new force must be completely subject to the exclusive administration and control of the Jefe Director of the Guardia Nacional. This not only is essential as a matter of military procedure and expediency but likewise is imperative under the Guardia Agreement.

You may likewise say to President Moncada that, as stated in my letter to him of November 24,33 I am in full accord with the proposal to construct highways in the territory affected by banditry and I should be glad to learn of the success of his efforts to obtain funds to be employed for that purpose.

Any plan for the formation of the temporary military force should of course be worked out with the cooperation of General McDougal.