831.00/10–2345: Telegram

The Ambassador in Venezuela ( Corrigan ) to the Secretary of State

964. Cuban Chargé d’Affaires9 called this a.m. accompanied by Dominican Minister10 and suggested advisability of having informal meeting of American members of Diplomatic Corps to exchange information with particular regard to protection of Diplomatic Missions and problem of persons who have taken asylum in them. Dominican Legation was broken into by mob in absence of Minister but dispersed shortly by Junta troops. Colombian Chargé11 also under stood to have experienced some incident.

I expressed my accord with idea and readiness to meet anywhere convenient to colleagues. Cuban suggested this Embassy as I am ranking representative of American Republic and said he would telephone American colleagues who will thus meet here informally today at 5 p.m. Argentine will not be present. Some invitations were actually made by Dominican which is unfortunate because of announcement of Junta of its antipathy to Trujillo12 (penultimate sentence my telegram 95813).

One reason adduced by Cuban for informal meeting was reluctance of Nuncio14 as Dean to call meeting of Corps. After American consultation arranged, Nuncio called Corps meeting for 11 a.m. tomorrow but in view arrangements already made it seemed prefer able not to cancel former.

Corrigan
  1. Horacio A. Martinez Franque.
  2. Rafael Matos Diaz.
  3. Andres Augusto Fernandez.
  4. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, head of the Dominican Republic.
  5. Not printed.
  6. Guiseppe Misuraca.