862.85/1977: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Costa Rica ( Hornibrook )

60. Your no. 74, April 22, 7 p.m.10 Please state to the appropriate authorities that this Government hopes the members of the crews of [Page 88] the two ships recently destroyed in Puntarenas will not be released. It is felt that the presence of these individuals at liberty in Costa Rica would constitute a threat to the safety of that country and of the other American republics.

The Government of the United States is anxious to cooperate in every possible way with Costa Rica and every effort is being made to work out a plan to handle this matter satisfactorily. In any event, it is hoped that the prisoners may be held in custody while in Costa Rica.

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