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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. The American Republics

Cuba,   pp. 93-188 PDF (33.6 MB)

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and increasingly urgent inquiries at the Foreign Office as to British
policy, pointing out that they feared the drift of the situation. The
Foreign Office stated that recent reports from Habana were more re-
assuring than the views obtained by the British Ambassador in Wash-
ington from the Department of State and that the British Minister
in Habana had been instructed to keep in touch with you.
  The Foreign Office further stated to the American Charge d'Affaires
in London that they recognized that special considerations were in-
volved in the Cuban situation due to the Platt Amendment,6 but that
had a similar situation existed in some other Latin American country
Great Britain would be on the brink of recognizing a regime similar
to the Grau San Martin Government. The Foreign Office concluded
by referring again to the urgent interests of British capital in Cuba;
the friendly nature of their present inquiry regarding the situation
and the desire of the British Government to cooperate with the United
States in the present situation rather than to take independent action.
  The British Ambassador called at the State Department on January
4 and in the course of a conversation with the Acting Secretary on the
Cuban situation admitted that the pressure being brought to bear on
the British Government to recognize the Grau San Martin regime
came from the property owners in Cuba and especially the British-
owned railway interests. He was told that in the opinion of this
Government recognition of the present regime in Cuba would be a
great mistake; that the sentiment of the Latin American Governments
in the great majority was against such recognition. The British
Ambassador was given the latest picture of conditions in Cuba. There
was no indication from the British Ambassador that actual recog-
nition of the Cuban de facto government would be accorded by the
British Government.
837.00/4591a: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Personal Representative of the
                       President (Caffery)
                          WASHINUGTON, January 10, 1934-6 p. m.
  9. For Caffery from Welles. After changing his plans three times
within the past week, MErquez Sterling called this morning to tell
me that he had withdrawn his resignation and was proceeding to
Habana tonight. It is obvious that he is hopeful of his own selection
as a compromise candidate for the presidency.
6 Popular designation for provisions defining relations of the United States
Cuba, contained in treaty signed May 22, 1903, Foreign Relations, 1904, p.

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