94. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State1

49. For Snow ARA. During conference with Batista July 10 he stated he understood US suspension of shipment of combat arms and our desire for non-involvement in Cuban internal affairs. However, he was deeply concerned over what GOC considers as US intervention in Cuban affairs. He has been informed by his Ambassadors in England and Canada that these nations declined to sell arms to Cuba because US allegedly refused to give clearance. He added that if GOC does not receive arms it could bring about overthrow of Cuban Government.

I said I was unaware of the foregoing and would advise my government of his concern.

Request information concerning validity of above.2

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.56/7–1158. Secret; Priority.
  2. See footnote 3, Document 102.