The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Nicaragua 1


155. Department considers Nicaraguan-Costa Rican matter (urtel 159)2 unless dispassionately handled may cause intensification difficulties these two countries which would distract our mutual efforts rid Hemisphere especially Central American area of international Communist threat. Inability two Governments settle this matter with as little fanfare as possible would inevitably influence US public and official opinion regarding rapid implementation grant military assistance program. Embassy San Jose has been authorized approach Figueres counseling dispassionate diplomatic reply.

Should opportunity present itself you are authorized inform Somoza above. In event opportunity not arise and in your discretion you consider it advisable you are authorized approach Somoza with foregoing.

  1. This telegram, drafted and approved by Mr. Neal, was repeated for information to San José as telegram 147.
  2. Supra.