816.01/141: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in El Salvador (McCafferty)

42. Your 71, April 1, 1 p.m. penultimate paragraph, and 72, April 2, 6 p.m., fourth paragraph. The Department does not understand that there has been any question of “pledged word to the United States Government” or of a “solemn pledge” by the present regime in Salvador to the Government of the United States to effect a reorganization of the Government in Salvador. It is the Department’s understanding that the discussions you have had with Martínez and various officials of his regime have been on the basis of entirely informal and personal talks in an effort to be helpful in the present difficulties in which Salvador finds itself due to the fact that the present regime cannot be recognized by the other Central American countries and the United States, in view of the 1923 Treaty.

We are of course anxious that the present situation in Salvador may be regularized as soon as possible, so that we can extend recognition to a government there. Please maintain the conversations you have on the subject on the informal and personal basis mentioned hereinabove.