Editorial Note

On June 13, 1953, Lieutenant General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla launched a successful Army coup d’etat against the regime of President Laureano Gómez, which resulted in the deposition of Gómez and his replacement by a military junta of 13 officers under the leadership of Rojas Pinilla. The progress of the coup and related political developments were reported in despatch 990, from Bogotá, dated June 17, 1953, not printed (721.00/6–1753). Additional pertinent documentation is in file 721.00 for 1953.