819.00/3–845: Telegram

The Chargé in Panama ( Donnelly ) to the Secretary of State

231. All of the politicians have now checked out of the Tivoli Hotel. Pablo Bares, Jose M. Varela and Alfredo Perez together with Simon Vega (see Embassy’s telegram No. 217 of March 2, 1 p.m.52) have taken refuge in the Costa Rican Embassy. The Panamanian Government has granted departure permits for the first three politicians to visit Costa Rica. They will leave on March 9 by the Taca53 service. The Embassy is informed that the Costa Rican Government has authorized them to enter the country as political exiles.

The Embassy is reliably informed that the Panamanian Government has sent two members of the Panamanian national police to Costa Rica to check and report on the movements of the Panamanian political exiles there.

Jeptha Duncan is still the house guest of a family in the Canal Zone. The Governor does not intend to interfere with this arrangement but [Page 1251] he will not permit Duncan to take refuge in the Tivoli Hotel. Duncan has indicated that he may return to Panama.54

Repeated to Costa Rica and to Mexico for War[ren].

  1. Not printed.
  2. Transportes Aereos Centre-Americanos.
  3. Telegram 264, March 17, 11 a.m., from Panama, reported that Duncan had returned to Panama (819.00/3–1745).