The Minister in Nicaragua ( Hanna ) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 17.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegram No. 72 of July 19, 4 p.m., regarding the question of turning over the Guardia to Nicaraguan control, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a letter of August 8, 1932, from General Matthews in which he presents for the Department’s consideration the plan he suggests for the selection of the Nicaraguan officers to replace the American officers serving with the Guardia.
The essential points of General Matthews’ proposal are as follows:
- To arrange with each Presidential candidate of the leading political parties, immediately after the nomination of the candidates, for the selection of a list of names composed equally of members of both parties acceptable to such candidate.
- To request President Moncada, immediately after the Presidential election has been decided, to appoint to the higher commands in the Guardia the persons on the list of the successful candidate, such appointments to be made permanent by the new President on January 2, 1933.
It will be specially noted that the list approved by each Presidential candidate is to be composed equally of members of both political parties.
The officers thus appointed probably would begin their service about the middle of November and the additional appropriation for their salaries would be approximately $5,625 until January 1, 1933.
General Matthews has set forth in his letter his reasons for rejecting other plans considered by him and for recommending the proposed plan as the one best suited for an orderly turnover of the Guardia under the conditions confronting him.
General Matthews will proceed to carry out this plan as soon as he learns that it has received the Department’s approval. He has not consulted President Moncada in this connection nor have I. I think President Moncada should be advised of the plan adopted when it has received the Department’s approval and I would appreciate the Department’s instruction as to the manner in which that advice should be given to him.