File No. 837.156/132.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

[Telegram—Paraphrase.]

You may reply to the Cuban note saying that the reasons already given would seem to demonstrate that from the standpoint of the [Page 373] mutual interests of both Governments the project is not advisable; nevertheless this Government hopes soon to conclude its study of the matter and will be glad to communicate further with the Cuban Government, and trusts that action will be suspended in the meantime. Respecting the suggested difficulty of suspending action, you may say that it would seem to the Department that a precedent is afforded by the course taken in the Zapata matter.1

Knox.
  1. See ante.↩