831.00/1–747: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Venezuela


13. For the Ambassador. Dept deeply concerned info contained Embtel 10, Jan 7 and by your estimate Ven political situation as described your recent conversations with officers Dept.

Re friction between Dom Rep and Ven (Ciudad Trujillo’s tel 8, Jan 98), Dept of opinion that, while Act of Chapultepec9 would be applicable should either country believe the circumstance and evidence indicate a threat of aggression, initiative toward consultation should be taken by country concerned. Should Betancourt open discussion with you re alleged activities Ven exiles in Dom Rep, you are authorized in your discretion suggest he give consideration initiating consultation among Am Reps if in his judgment facts appear to bring case within scope Resolution 8, Mex City Conf.

Dept also disturbed by Betancourt’s apparent reference his talk with Maleady to lack sympathy for him on part U.S. This Govt has demonstrated every good will and all proper sympathy toward Junta Govt and its general objectives, a fact which we trust Betancourt and his colleagues fully appreciate. Also, we have demonstrated our desire to cooperate in every appropriate manner. However, it is obvious that ultimate solution Venezuela’s exile problem is essentially matter Ven internal politics.

Repeated to Ciudad Trujillo.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Pan American Union, Final Act of the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace (Washington, 1945). The Act of Chapultepec was Resolution VIII of the Final Act, ibid., p. 40. For documentation on the Chapultepec Conference, see Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. ix, pp. 1 ff.