810.20 Defense/529/16: Telegram

The Minister in Guatemala (Des Portes) to the Secretary of State

47. Department’s strictly confidential telegram No. 38, June 3, 3 p.m.56 The President57 is in entire agreement with suggestion made in the Department’s telegram. He suggests that the officers come to Guatemala at the time of the June 30th celebrations when their presence will pass quite unnoticed. They might perhaps come with General Brett who expects to come at that time in a flying fortress.

The President emphasized the necessity for supplying arms and equipment to Guatemala in order that it might fight off an aggression until effective aid could be brought. He also asserted that the Americas should take over the European colonial possessions in this hemisphere.

Des Portes
  1. See footnote 20, p. 16.
  2. Gen. Jorge Ubico.