817.00 Woodward Electoral Mission/73: Telegram

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

79. Department’s telegram No. 49, May 24, 6 p.m. I saw President Moncada this afternoon at Masatepe Lagoon. The Minister for Foreign Affairs was also present. The President assures me emphatically that he will make available $25,000 per month for the electoral supervision for the months of June, July, August and September and the balance of $4,000 in October. The purpose of the President’s note was to set forth the serious state of this Government’s finances and the grave difficulty it will encounter in meeting other absolutely necessary expenditures during the period of the elections, and to solicit the aid of the Department in any form that the Department may see fit to cooperate in this emergency, which solicitation he now repeats.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs read the foregoing paragraph in English to the President who then authorized me to transmit it to you.