882.01/48b: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Bingham)

133. We are sorry that the British will not join us in recognizing the Administration of President Barclay under present conditions. [Page 949] We continue to believe that the Kru problem is only one part of a larger problem; that Barclay’s reform plan provides for the reorganization of native administration under a foreign specialist who can take up the Kru question; and finally that further non-recognition would raise an insurmountable barrier which would prevent us from effectively assisting in the development of President Barclay’s plans whenever such assistance might be requested. We are accordingly directing Hibbard to extend formal recognition on Tuesday, June 11th. Please informally bring the foregoing to the attention of the Foreign Office.