The Ambassador in Nicaragua (Warren) to the Secretary of State
[Received 4:12 p.m.]
701. See Dept’s A–321, November 9. Naturally I am in agreement with Dept’s policy regarding sale to other American Republics of commercial and non-military types of planes.
However, I hope Dept will continue to make exception with regard to Nicaragua for next 3 months. Political situation here is serious, [Page 1211] not to say critical. Nicaraguan Govt is already experimenting with mounting machine guns on BT–13’s. Any planes we supply Nicaragua at this time will be considered by a good proportion of the populace (perhaps an overwhelming majority) as aid given to present govt to suppress its own people.
If present crisis has passed within 3 months, Embassy would recommend that not only commercial and non-military but military types of planes be released to Nicaragua.