819.00/1990: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Panama (Dawson)

14. Your despatch No. 307, February 12.27 This Government is determined by policy and bound by treaty not to intervene directly or indirectly in the internal affairs of Panama. Therefore, the supervision of the forthcoming elections or the disarmament of the national police in connection with those elections are out of the question.

The Department agrees with you that no reply need be made to the communication which you have already received or to others which you may receive in the future.

  1. Not printed. The Ambassador transmitted a communication from supporters of a Panamanian presidential candidate requesting that the United States disarm the National Police and supervise the elections to be held on June 2, 1940, to insure fair elections.