The Minister in Guatemala (McMillin) to the Secretary of State

No. 158

Sir: Referring to Department’s instructions number 397 of June [July] 16th 1920,55 and to Legation’s despatch number 93 of August 26, 1920,56 I have the honor to report as follows:

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It will be observed that at the close of the note from the Guatemalan Foreign Office quoted in Legation’s despatch of August 26, 1920, after giving the reasons of Guatemala for denouncing the Pact concerning trade marks mentioned in Department’s instruction of June [July] 16, 1920, the Guatemalan Government informed this Legation that the Central Executive Council of the High International Commission had forwarded a note to the Guatemalan Government asking for a reconsideration of the denunciation of said Pact, and stating that the Guatemalan Government “has sought the opinion of the Council of State”.

I am now informed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs that on account of the reasons they had heretofor[e] given for the denunciation of said Pact, viz, that it was unilateral, the Guatemalan Government saw no special benefit to accrue to Guatemala from its renewal, and that it would cause a loss to Guatemala of about $40,000. a year of revenue. But notwithstanding this, the Minister added, if it seemed best to the other nations concerned, that the Pact should be renewed, Guatemala would be disposed to take up the matter and reenter the Union.

I have [etc.]

Benton McMillin