740.0011 Pacific War/786: Telegram

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

260. In compliance with the Department’s triple priority circular of December 7, 10 p.m., I have communicated with the Minister for Foreign Affairs57a who has given me the following statement:

“The Government of Nicaragua in accordance with the Pan American conventions and declarations and consistent with its invariable conduct of solidarity and common continental defense and the reiterated public statements of his Excellency, President Somoza, profoundly laments the treacherous aggression on the territory of the United States of America by the Japanese forces and in this hour of trial for the continent in which it considers Nicaragua equally attacked, lends itself without vacillations to its defense and to defensive cooperation with the United States of America. Consistent with this firm resolution, the Government of Nicaragua in conformity with its political constitution has convoked the National Congress submitting to it a proposed declaration of war on Japan and requesting the respective authorization in order that the Executive may declare war upon any other non-American power which commits acts of aggression against any other Republic of this hemisphere.”

  1. Manuel Cordero Reyes.