The Minister in Guatemala ( Des Portes ) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 27.]
Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 43, May 20, 1 p.m., and to the Department’s telegram No. 34, May 21, 4 p.m., I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy and translation of the memorandum which the German Minister handed to the Foreign Minister on May 20, with respect to the protest of the American Republics against the invasion of the Low Countries. The original memorandum, which was shown to me by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, was written in Spanish; [Page 789] the original copy of it given me by the Foreign Minister was prepared in the Foreign Office.
The Foreign Minister informed me that the German Minister had stated to him that the memorandum was presented under instructions from the German Government. The wording of the memorandum would seem to confirm this statement. It is therefore peculiar that no similar memorandum seems to have been presented by [to?] any other American Republic.
The Department’s attention is particularly invited to the extraordinary wording of the penultimate paragraph of the memorandum.
- See pp. 727 ff.↩
- See Documents on German Foreign Policy, 1918–1945, series D, Vol. ix, document No. 214, p. 301.↩
- Not attached to file copy of memorandum.↩
- Typewritten note on file translation reads, “The underlining in the penultimate paragraph did not appear in the original memorandum shown by the Foreign Minister to Mr. Des Portes.”↩