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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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  He stated that upon his return to Habana he would request Grau to
call a full cabinet meeting at which he would read a declaration of
his views as to the policy which should be pursued with regard to the
relations between Cuba and the United States; that he would point
out that all of the recommendations he has offered Grau in the past
four months have been disregarded; and that he would urge upon
Grau the necessity of modifying the policy heretofore pursued by
his Government with a view to obtaining recognition by the United
States and by the other Republics of this hemisphere. He told me
that unless Grau and his Government agree to follow his recom-
mendations he would resign his office and return immediately to the
United States.
  He expressed no faith whatever in the negotiations of the Uruguayan
Minister, but stated that he felt that you could be of the utmost assist-
ance in furthering his efforts to solve the present problems.
  In reply to an inquiry from him I stated that the policy of this
Government with regard to Cuba as announced by the President in his
Warm Springs statement7 had not been and would not be modified.
837.00/4591: Telegram
The Persona2 Represen~tative of the President (Caffery) to the Acting
                       Secretary of State
                               HABANA, January 10, 1934-7 p. m.
                               [Received January 11-1: 32 a. m.]
  5. The Uruguayan Minister continues his efforts for conciliation.
Mendieta's sector is the only opposition group taking part.
  In the meantime a number of "solutions" and "plans for concilia-
tion" have been suggested to me. None of these seems feasible at this
juncture. The opposition groups have been making demands that
the government will not accept; and the de facto authorities have been
continually asking what they must do to achieve recognition but at
the same time making declarations as to their maximum concessions
which I know to be unacceptable to the opposition. However, I see a
gleam of hope in the fact that while solutions and plans from both
sides are still impracticable, the suggestions I have recently received
are an improvement over suggestions received formerly.
  I agree with former Ambassador Welles as to the inefficiency, in-
eptitude and unpopularity with all the better classes in the country
of the de facto government. It is supported only by the army and
ignorant masses who have been misled by utopian promises. However,
'Department of State, Press Releases, November 25, 1933, p. 294.

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