816.01/175: Telegram

The Minister in Costa Rica (Eberhardt) to the Secretary of State

41. Minister of Foreign Affairs has just called at the direction of President Jiménez to ascertain attitude of the Department if Costa Rica should recognize Martínez regime in Salvador, stating that [Page 598] President considers recognition desirable for reasons of sentiment peculiar to Central America and on account of activity of Martínez in arresting Red expansion in Central America. I definitely refrained from any comment which would involve American policy but did remark that the United States would probably not change its policy now in force which was apparently only decided upon after complete study of the situation and status of Martínez, adding that I would be willing to comply with his request to transmit any brief prepared by Costa Rican Government exposing its legal interpretation of the present situation in Salvador.