1. DISCOVERY BY COSTA RICAN COMMUNIST PARTY (PVP) OF CUBAN EXILE BASE AND WEAPO

Created: 4/11/1972

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COAST AREA. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, TAKEN SAMPLES OF WEAPONS. GRENADES

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AREA TOISHING INDUSTRY. PRESIDENT JOSE FIGUERES

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EXILE ACTIVITIES AROUND TORTUGUERO IN LIHON PROVINCE.

THAT THERE HAD UMBER OP ARMED CUBAN EXILES IN THB TORTUGUERO AREA FOR SOME TIME; IN LATE MARCH SIX OTHER CUBANS ARRIVED WITH FAST BOATS AND HAVB BEEN VERY ACTIVE. ACCORDING TOJ^ ONE OF THE CUBANS, JUANHOOOK IN PLACE OP AN AMPUTATED HAND, BECAME INTOXICATED ANDOCAL RESIDENT THAT THE CUBANS WERE THBRS TO GUARD THE COASTS FOR PRESIDENT FIGUERBS. COMMENT: THE CUBAN IS PROBABLY IDENTICAL WITH ROLANDO

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that he entered an abandoned house

is NOW used by the cubans and found boxes WITH DIFFERENT types CF arms. one of the boxes has filled with grenades as well as two large bombs. I ItOOK samples OF the arms TO

including one bomb and renades.

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said the grenades seemed to be in good condition. he has hidden the grenades and bombs in limon, and he told not to bring more, although the latter had offered to do so,

to be careful and not obtain more weapons because

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THAT HP. HAD talked KITH THE cubans, WHO

of the possibility ok arrest and embarrassment also told that the weapons already in his possession can be brought to san jose to be used as proof of cuban exile activites. told

said they are in the area toishingsaid that many of the houses in tortuguero are abandoned occupied byarge boat arrived

in limon aboutarch and unloaded two fast launches for the cubans. the launches are still in limon.

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TOLD

LATER THAT HE HAD TALKED WITH PRESIDENT PIGUERESCUBANS, AND THAT PIGUERES SAID THEY WERE HIS PEOPLE. SAID, HE WOULD, HOWEVER, INVESTIGATE TO SEE IP THEY

WERE INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

7. IN LATE MARCH PRESIDENT JOSE PIGUERES EMPHATICALLY DENIED HE IS PERMITTING -CUBAN EXILES TO ESTABLISH TRAINING BASES IN COSTA RICA. FIGUERBS SAID THAT ALTHOUGH HE IS IN^ COMPLETE SYMPATHY WITH THEIR AIMS, COSTA RICA IS TOO SMALL AND "OPEN" TO MAKE SECRET TRAINING BASES FEASIBLE AND THEY WOULD ONLY CAUSE PROBLEMS. HE SAID THAT HB HAS INVITED THE CUBANS TO COME AND SETTLE PERMANENTLY IN COSTA RICA TO FARM,UT WILL NOT PERMIT THEM TO ENGAGE IN PARAMILITARY ACTIVITIES. APPARENTLY IN JEST, PIGUERES ADDED THAT FOUR OR SIX ARMED

CUBAN EXILES ARB NOW AT TORTUGUERO PISHING FOR LOBSTERS.

(COMMENT:

LEADERS OF SEVERAL CUBAN EXILE GROUPS HAVE BEEN MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EXILE CAMPS IN COSTA RICA. THESE CAMPS ARE INTENDED TO BE USED AS TRAINING AND SUPPLY BASES

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for maritime and paramilitary operations against cuba. several meetings here held between exile leaders and president figueres, and figueres appeared hilling to aid the exiles in their.

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