731.39/6–1948: Telegram

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


474. Foreign Minister informed me today he will publicly deny next week that Venezuelan Government helping Haiti obtain armaments (Embtel 469 June 161) but it reserves right do so view Brazil’s decision sell armaments Dominican Republic despite Venezuela’s protest. He repeated his government not giving material aid to friendly Haiti but in light Trujillo’s accusations his government feels compelled issue clear-cut statement its position and reaffirm its opposition to Trujillo and others who are fomenting trouble in Caribbean area. Although Venezuelans divided politically they are practically united in their stand against Trujillo. Unless Trujillo desists from attacks on Venezuela trouble may result.

Sent Department 474, repeated Ciudad Trujillo, Port-au-Prince.

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