611.1431/161: Telegram

The Chargé in Guatemala ( O’Donoghue ) to the Secretary of State

21. Department’s air mail instruction No. 266, February 26 [6]. Guatemala agrees to all “grammatical changes” included in memorandum as well as rearrangement of headings on textile itemizing in schedule I and other changes in schedule I and schedule II.

With reference to article XIII, Government deliberately omitted “or where good faith can be established” as being contrary to provisions of Customs Code.

References Department’s 10, February 25, 6 p.m., Guatemalan Government agrees to changes suggested in paragraphs 1 and 2.

As regards notes 1 and 2, Guatemala suggests inserting following paragraph: “excepting the sanitary laws in force on the date of the [Page 591] signatures of the agreement, the Republic of Guatemala will not demand any sanitary requirement impossible of fulfillment on the part of the United States because of the non-existence of federal authorities or organizations or similar associations responsible for the service to which the requirement might refer”. Respectfully suggest early preparation of final text if ratification is to be secured before April 30 when Legislative Assembly adjourns.

Copies of notes and translation being forwarded air mail March 12.