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

103. The Minister for Foreign Affairs informed me today that the Provisional President has decided not to accept any of the resignations of the Cabinet Ministers. It appears that the new administration has been established in accordance with the Constitution and that it is a legal continuation of the former government, although [Page 176] there are certain sections of the opposition which insist that elections should be called within eight days to take place within six months. The Minister of Foreign Affairs assured me this morning that the present Government is desirous of cooperating in every way with the Government of the United States. The chiefs of missions will call on the Provisional President tomorrow at 11 a.m. [Paraphrase.] If the Department perceives no objection, I will reply to the Foreign Minister’s note, mentioned in my 101, December 13, 4 p.m., in the sense that the American Legation in Guatemala will be happy to continue, as in the past, to cultivate friendly relations with the Government of Guatemala. [End paraphrase.]