763.72113/1141: Telegram

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

Your November 11, 8 p.m. In view of the conditions described by you, Department feels that private sales may be preferable to public auction so long as properties are acquired by bona fide American interests. It is not felt advisable, therefore, to object to a sale such as that reported by you in your October 1, 9 a.m. Department feels, however, that all bona fide American interests should be given opportunity to negotiate for these properties and should be furnished discreetly with any information in possession of Legation which may facilitate their acquisition of those properties.