276. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, July 1, 19551


  • Cuban Revolutionary Activities


  • Ambassador Campa of Cuba
  • Mr. HollandARA
  • Mr. HoytMID

Cuban Ambassador, Dr. Angel de la Campa, called at his request on July 1, 1955, to discuss “revolutionary activities” with Mr. Holland. Dr. Campa said that he was calling concerning this matter under direct instructions from President Batista. Dr. Campa left two documents purporting to show continued plotting against the Batista Government2 by ex-President Prio3 and his group. Dr. Campa pointed out that the Prio-ites are continuing to operate with the United States as their base, and that arms from the United States are entering Cuba for use in “revolutionary activities.”

Mr. Holland told the Ambassador that our Customs officials in Florida are spending a great deal of time following these activities of the Cuban exiles, but that it is difficult to control all of their movements. Mr. Holland said that the United States policy of granting safe-haven to political exiles is, of course, well-established; but pointed out that the exiles are made welcome here with the understanding that they will obey our laws.

Mr. Holland asked the Ambassador to assure President Batista that this question would receive the serious consideration of the State Department.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–155. Confidential. Drafted by Hoyt.
  2. Not found in Department of State files.
  3. Carlos Prío Socarrás was President of Cuba from 1948 to 1952.