123 Ravndal, Christian M.: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Uruguay


123. Pls deliver fol message from Secy to Pres:

I am pleased learn you have given agrément for appointment Hon Christian M. Ravndal as US Amb to Urug, succeeding Hon Ellis O. Briggs who will be appointed US Amb to Czeck. Please accept my personal assurances and those of President Truman which I convey herewith, that this change in no way represents alteration US policy with regard Uruguay but rather is part of rotation of a large number of diplomatic personnel. I wish reiterate assurances recently given your Amb Dr. Domínguez-Cámpora in conversations in Dept and confirmed by me on occasion first call on me by Amb.1

I am sure you will find Mr. Ravndal most sympathetic and worthy your confidence. He has long been one of our most distinguished career officers.2

  1. On March 15, 1949. See footnote 1 to telegram 71 from Montevideo, March 18, 1949, p. 788.
  2. In telegram 180 from Montevideo, May 20, 1949, Ambassador Briggs reported: “President sincerely appreciative Secretary’s message (Deptel 123, May 19) which most helpful present situation.” (123 Ravndal, Christian M.) According to telegram 293 from Montevideo, August 6, 1949, Ambassador Briggs departed from Uruguay on that date (123 Briggs, Ellis O.). Ambassador Ravndal notified the Department in telegram 334, September 9, 1949, from Montevideo, that he had presented his credentials and assumed charge of the Embassy that same day (123 Ravndal, Christian M.).