837.00/3423: Telegram

The Ambassador in Cuba (Guggenheim) to the Secretary of State

3. My telegram No. 1, January 5, noon. I saw the President this morning. He did not attempt to disclaim Government’s responsibility for recent murders of students which he characterized as a stupid mistake. He said that in future the lives of prisoners would be respected. His attitude during our conversation was most cordial and he reiterated his willingness to follow any suggestions that I might care to make at any time. I stressed the imperative need of measures designed to restore public confidence which he has repeatedly promised to take but has not carried out.