817.00/8505

Memorandum by the Secretary of State

The Charg6 d’Affaires of Nicaragua came in and delivered to me an air mail letter from President Sacasa of Nicaragua,75 in which he described anew the dislocated internal conditions in his country, the threatened military uprising, and possibilities of a collapse of law and order in Nicaragua. He then referred to the long standing friendship between the two countries and between this Government and himself as President, and earnestly appealed for collective action in the way of exercising good offices on the part of the Central American countries, Mexico and the United States, to compose the situation.

I expressed great concern about the serious state of conditions in Nicaragua, adding that of course in common with all the friends of Pan Americanism, I was disappointed to see such a seriously threatened collapse of their political or governmental structure; that all earnestly hoped that ways might yet be found for working out amicably and peacefully the matters of difference in Nicaragua which threatened a catastrophe in the internal affairs of the country. I repeatedly emphasized the fact, however, that this Government was preserving absolutely intact its policy of non-intervention and noninterference with the internal affairs of other countries; that since the time this letter from President Sacasa was written, on Friday last, this Government had, on yesterday, sent to its representative at the capital of Nicaragua a statement setting forth fully and definitely its attitude, present and prospective, with respect to the question of exercising good offices on the part of a suitable number of American nations; that, therefore, I knew of nothing more that could be said at the present time, but that of course I should be pleased to make suitable acknowledgment of the letter of President Sacasa.

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  1. Dated May 29, p. 825.