819.00 Revolutions/35: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Panama (Davis)

12. Your 32, January 14, 10 p.m. The Department is inclined to consider Alfaro’s coming into office as a constitutional devolution. Furthermore the ordinary standards of international law for the recognition of new Governments would appear to be met with. The Department’s only preoccupation on this score in the past has been the question of stability and your present statement that the new Government apparently has the support of the great majority of the residents of the capital and has been well received throughout the Republic, and that opposition from the deposed authorities is improbable in the immediate future, leads the Department to feel that you [Page 904] should attend the inauguration of Doctor Alfaro and carry on normal diplomatic relations thereafter with his Government. You are authorized to do so.