837.00/8634: Telegram

The Chargé in Cuba (Beaulac) to the Secretary of State

3. For the Under Secretary. My telegram No. 2, January 11, 5 p.m. The Cuban Ambassador to Washington told me this morning that General Menocal9 last night accused him of withholding from the Government the circumstances that the Government of the United States would not recognize the results of an election in which the opposition did not participate. The Ambassador says that General Menocal did not have this impression of our Government’s attitude when he saw him prior to the return of Senator Zaydín from Washington and he therefore attributes the report of our Government’s attitude in this hypothetical circumstance to Senator Zaydín. He considers that General Menocal’s impression of our attitude is partly responsible for the failure of the Government and opposition to reach an agreement on the several matters in dispute.

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The above is being transmitted to you at the Ambassador’s request and he would like your reaction. I am sure he understands that it would be difficult for you to say that the Government of the United States would recognize the results of such an election and he probably wishes to be able to say that the Government of the United States has not committed itself either way.

  1. Gen. Mario García Menocal, former President of Cuba (1913–1921); founder (1937) and head of the opposition Partido Demócrata Republicano.