818.00/3–1548: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Nicaragua


42. It should be understood of course by Somoza1 that this Govt cannot take any official position vis-à-vis de facto Nicaraguan Govt on question of latter’s assistance to Costa Rican Govt (urtel 61, March 152). At same time no objection is perceived in event you should have further informal conversations with Somoza, in your recalling obligations of American Govts to refrain from intervening in internal [Page 495] affairs of other American republics. (See Depcirtel Jan. 17.3) It should be obvious to Somoza that the US has scrupulously observed its obligations in this sense ever since the withdrawal of recognition last May and that it is confident that other countries will wish to follow a similar policy.

Sent to Managua, repeated to San José and Guatemala.

  1. Anastasio Somoza, Nicaraguan President, and Director, National Police (Guardia National).
  2. Not printed; the Chargé in Nicaragua (Bernbaum) reported that General Somoza appeared “genuinely alarmed over threat to self from successful Costa Rican revolt” and anxious to aid the Government but fearful that intervention would jeopardize Nicaraguan recognition prospects. For documentation on the question of Nicaraguan recognition, see pp. 99 ff.
  3. Ante, p. 158.