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

No. 245

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 511, of September 24, 1931, with regard to the matter of the trial of Nicaraguan civilians by the Guardia.

Inasmuch as you state that you have received assurances from the Acting Jefe Director of the Guardia, that he would take measures to insure that such trials will not be held so long as the Guardia is directed by American officers, the Department shares your view that it will be unnecessary to make any present representations regarding the matter to the Nicaraguan Government. It is noted that you were advised in connection with representations made to the Nicaraguan [Page 873]Government in 1930, that the matter could only be dealt with by an amendment to the constitution and that you are of the opinion that the reopening of the subject at this time might result in its being merged with a number of other constitutional changes some of which might be undesirable.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Harvey H. Bundy