763.72113/862b: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Guatemala (Thurston)

For Ames from Ely. “Confidential. Any enemy property legislation which provides for bona fide liquidation enemy interests and surrounds proceeds with reasonable safeguards is obviously in the interest of all associated Governments. Any discussion regarding application by Guatemala of proceeds liquidation enemy property can best be had in Paris where Guatemala is represented and where all associated governments will undoubtedly consider question of applying funds in their hands toward indemnity uses and it is essential that your attitude does not foreclose future discussion that question. And that such attitude as you take toward proposed legislation is purely that of expressing your opinion as expert adviser. Your approval will of course follow your own judgment generally within foregoing principles. As soon as decree is promulgated and custodian qualified to act undoubtedly market for enemy owned coffee can be found here. Keep us advised developments of situation. [”]