The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Guatemala (Thurston)
Your December 9, 4 P.M. President Cabrera has upon three occasions fixed a date for the liquidation of enemy property in Guatemala. On the basis of such announcements American interests have sent their representatives to Guatemala for the purpose of purchasing [Page 302] these properties. In view of the repeated postponement of such liquidation and in fairness to these representatives the Department feels that it is not too much to ask that a definite announcement be made as to what President Cabrera’s policy is in regard to the matter. You will place this matter before the President and obtain a definite reply at the earliest opportunity.