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The Chargé in Nicaragua (Flournoy) to the Secretary of State
No. 1178

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s strictly confidential telegram No. 53 of August 4, 3 p.m., stating that certain officers have been designated to conduct staff conversations with Nicaraguan officials, and to the Department’s circular telegram of August 4, 4 p.m. transmitting the agenda for the proposed conversations.

I handed the agenda to President Somoza personally on August 6. He expressed his pleasure of the proposed visit and his willingness to cooperate in every manner possible with the officers upon their arrival. The President stated that up until now he had not brought the proposed visit to the attention of any Nicaraguan officials but that he planned to include certain officers of the Guardia in the conversations. He said that he planned to have present at the meeting General Reyes, Chief of Staff, Captain Rivas Cuadra, Chief of Aviation, and possibly Major Prado and Captain Gaitan.

Respectfully yours,

William E. Flournoy, Jr.