352.3715/29: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Counselor of Embassy in Spain ( Thurston )

273. Your X–520, March 2, 5 p.m. For our information should the Cuban Government take the matter up with us please ascertain and [Page 485] telegraph the nationality of the refugees in the Cuban Embassy and how many of them are Cuban citizens. It has been our consistent policy to decline to evacuate Spanish nationals on American naval vessels except certain relatives of American citizens.

With reference to the last paragraph of your telegram what if any arrangements have been made by the Cuban authorities for the entry into and residence in France of the refugees including those not liable to military service.