810.20 Defense/2074: Telegram

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

76. Your 69, February 17, 4 p.m. You are requested to render every possible assistance to General Andrews. You are therefore authorized to exchange notes at once effecting an agreement in principle, which will permit construction to start immediately with the understanding that a definitive agreement satisfactory to both Governments will be concluded as quickly as possible thereafter.

Please transmit as soon as possible by air mail copies of notes exchanged and detailed statement of provisions which General Andrews wishes to have included in agreement. After study of this statement Department will further instruct you regarding the conclusion of the definitive agreement.

An instruction which may be of assistance in the preparation of the statement is being airmailed to you.5

  1. Instruction No. 898, February 27, 1942, not printed; it enclosed draft of an arrangement prepared to cover a somewhat analogous case in another American Republic.