714.44A15/232: Telegram

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

43. Personal for the Under Secretary.2 Upon my return here I find a strongly revived interest among high Guatemalan officials regarding Belize. It is evident that they have expected me to bring some definite news regarding progress in the negotiations.

From a statement made by the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs it is clear that President Ubico hopes to receive Belize outright in connection with the Lease Lend Bill.3

This matter is certain to come up for discussion at an early date notably when I call on the President. I should consequently appreciate any information which you may permit me to communicate to the President and other appropriate Guatemalan officials if only in order that they may not indulge in unwarrantedly high hopes.

Des Portes
  1. Sumner Welles.
  2. Approved March 11, 1941; 55 Stat. 31.