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The Ambassador in Paraguay ( Beaulac ) to the Secretary of State

confidential

100. President confirmed to me this morning plan to hold elections for Congress this year. I expressed hope Liberal Party as such would not be barred from elections. He said status of Liberal Party would be decided by the courts.

He again expressed hope we would help to reorganize Paraguayan police as necessary aid to development of democratic institutions in Paraguay. I said it would not be possible for us to do anything at this stage but that we might be helpful after positive steps toward democratization had been taken.

President expressed gratitude for extension of Stica3 agreement.

Beaulac
  1. Servicio Técnieo Interamericano de Cooperación Agrícola, an agriculture development company.