837.00/3894: Telegram

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

265. I had an interview tonight with the full membership of the Directorio Estudiantil. I indicated the reasons for the recent features of our policy towards Cuba and expressed very emphatically our earnest desire to be of friendly assistance should the Cuban people desire it. I stated my belief that in these very grave moments all elements of Cuban public opinion should put all feelings of rivalry and ambition to one side and cooperate for the benefit of the Republic. The interview was extremely cordial and most of the lady members were not unreasonable.

The meeting between the political leaders and Grau San Martín came to an impasse. It has, however, resumed its sessions and the negotiations are still in progress.