818.00/3–2548: Telegram

The Ambassador in Costa Rica (Davis) to the Secretary of State


116. On instructions from President and with specific request it be considered confidential between me and my government, Foreign Minister last night told me former changed position of regarding question of selection first designate as purely a matter between two major parties and now has taken active role in endeavor work out satisfactory compromise. Appointed Bonilla Lara and Minister Government [Page 501] Quesada to endeavor obtain agreement on competent person. Actual negotiations and detailed conversations carried out by Fernando Palau, former journalist on Prensa Libre. Thus far conversations not far advanced due insistence Ulate on selection person not previously connected with public life while President insists necessity figure having certain Parliamentary support and experience management political affairs.

Bonilla Lara said every effort being made push matters through this weekend when business banks et cetera closed for Holy Week. Said majority Congress favorable and considered once candidate agreed upon deputies would give President written pledge ratify selection May first. Foreign Minister appeared neither optimistic nor unduly pessimistic. However names he mentioned have all already been considered in earlier discussions under auspices Bankers Association without success. Nevertheless possible agreement be reached due urgency arising present political military situation.

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