161. Telegram 135 to San Jose, October 81

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You are directed to deliver the following personal and confidential message from President Kennedy to Villeda Morales:

QUOTE I fully appreciate the very difficult situation created by the unfortunate military coup in your country. I assure you of the strong position of the United States in continuing a firm course of action. We have suspended diplomatic relations and are in the process of withdrawing in an orderly manner our military and economic aid personnel. Our Ambassador has returned to the United States and will remain here indefinitely. You may be sure that we will exercise our influence in seeing to it that other Inter-American and international agencies follow similar action. We will continue to keep Ambassador Telles fully informed on other steps which might be taken to hasten the return to [Facsimile Page 2] constitutional and representative government in your country. UNQUOTE

  1. Personal message from President Kennedy to Villeda Morales. Confidential. 2 pp. DOS, CF, POL 15 HOND.