157. Telegram 74 to Managua and 86 to San Salvador, October 21

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Re reports impending coup Honduras; declaration presidents Orlich, Schick, Rivera, Villeda issued 8:00 PM Sept. 30; Managua 118; and San Salvador CX–8.

To make Honduran Armed Forces Chief Lopez more uncertain regarding support he thinks Nicaraguan and Salvadoran Armed Forces might give him in a coup in Honduras, Embassies Managua and San [Typeset Page 378] Salvador in their discretion should again approach Schick and Rivera, respectively, and ask that:

(A) Nicaraguan and Salvadoran Ambassadors in Tegucigalpa be instructed emphasize to civilian Honduran contacts that joint declaration of four presidents issued night of September 30 is firm policy their governments, especially noting paragraphs 3, 4, 6 and 7;

(B) Nicaraguan and Salvadoran military attachés in Tegucigalpa make similar approach to Honduran military, especially Lopez, emphasizing Salvadoran and Nicaraguan military will not support coup in Honduras.

(C) Both Ambassadors and Military Attachés of Salvador and Nicaragua [Facsimile Page 2] in Honduras should relay info in reftels to Hondurans.

Actions louder than words.

  1. Joint declaration by four American Republics presidents re impending coup. Confidential. 2 pp. DOS, CF, POL 26 HOND.