818.00/4–1248: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in Costa Rica

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86. While fully appreciating the desirability of any reasonable extension of good offices to avoid bloodshed, the Department believes that extension your individual good offices to bring about “acceptable political arrangement” as suggested would inevitably be subject to misinterpretation as intervention and that it should therefore be avoided. Department however approves your taking part in any group diplomatic corps action that seems to hold forth humanitarian possibility. (Embtel 138, April 11, 6 p. m. and Embtel 142, April 12, 1 p. m.)