124.84/142a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister Resident in Ethiopia ( Engert )

29. Your 62, February 27, 9 a.m. The Department approves your recommendation that Consular Office be closed March 30 and your plan to depart March 5.

Announcement of closing will be made later by the Department after Hughes has been instructed to notify Americans and to make such arrangements as may be possible for the protection of those who choose to remain in the country. Your recommendation as to what these arrangements should be will be appreciated. Until announced by the Department keep this instruction strictly confidential.

Detailed instructions concerning termination of lease, disposition of records and property and the future of the personnel will be sent Hughes at an early date.

Macy’s is being requested to cancel order.