314.0022/3: Telegram

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

73. Your 96, December 12, 5 p.m. In view of your statement that you are convinced that Ubico’s life is in grave danger and that you have discussed the matter with others who are of the same opinion, you may keep Ubico in the Legation while you discuss the matter with the Acting President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Chief of Police, and obtain satisfactory assurances for his safety.

Department desires to call your attention however to the consistent policy of the Department with respect to the doctrine of asylum and the fact that no condition of civil strife appears to prevail in Guatemala City. The Department therefore does not desire that you should harbor Ubico in the Legation beyond the continuance of the emergency.