834.00/8–1346

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

[Extracts]
No. 2002

Sir: I have the honor to report that the Acting Chief of Staff of the Paraguayan Army, General José A. Migone, told the Military Attaché10 recently that the Government had begun to reduce military [Page 1186] expenditures and that further reductions would take place. He said that the present two-year conscription period, which has been reduced in practice to one and a half, will be further reduced to one year.

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The plan to reduce military expenditures, coming after the restoration of press freedom, freedom of political activity and restoration of civil and political rights, increases the likelihood that the Government’s efforts to establish democratic Government in Paraguay will be successful.

Respectfully yours,

Willard L. Beaulac
  1. Lt. Col. Harold J. Pearson.