The Chargé in Guatemala (Dwyre) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 19.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram No. 228 of December 13, 8 p.m.2 (which was not received at the Legation until December 14, 6 p.m.) and telegram No. 231 of December 14, 1 p.m.3 (which was not received until December 14, 11:30 p.m.) instructing me to discuss with the Minister for Foreign Affairs4 and conclude an agreement with the Guatemalan Government with regard to unconditioned military cooperation and the specific privileges set forth by the Department.
This subject was fully discussed with the Foreign Minister on the forenoon of December 15, at which time I was informed that he would get in touch with the President and call me by telephone. At that time I prepared a memorandum to be given to the President himself by the liaison officer designated by the President to provide immediate informal communication between the President and the Legation. In this way, the President was informed without delay of the Department’s desires to obtain this cooperation and the privileges specified.
The action taken by the Legation resulted in telephone calls at 7:30 p.m. from both the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the President’s [Page 314] liaison officer to the effect that full approval of the Guatemalan Government with regard to the cooperation and the privileges requested was granted. I immediately prepared telegram No. 247, triple priority, of December 15, 8 p.m.,5 in which the Department was informed of the Guatemalan Government’s full approval and in which the Department was advised that a copy of the communication which I had left with the Foreign Minister and the official answer, both of which would constitute the exchange of written communications contemplated in the Department’s telegram, would be forwarded.
I am now enclosing a copy of my Note No. 222 of December 15, 1941, addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and a copy of his reply (Note No. 17579), together with a translation thereof, which has just been placed in my hands, wherein the Government expresses its full cooperation and grants the privileges specified in both of the Department’s telegrams under reference.
- Vol. vi, p. 56.↩
- Not printed.↩
- Carlos Salazar.↩
- Not printed.↩
- For correspondence concerning the Second Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the American Republics, held at Habana July 21–30, 1940, see Foreign Relations, 1940, vol. v, pp. 180 ff.; for text of Resolution XV, see Department of State Bulletin, August 24, 1940, p. 136.↩