CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA RE 1954 GUATEMALA COUP

Created: 10/23/1954

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FIRST BRITISHULY COVERED REPORT OF BO'.'BING AND ESTABLISHED FACT THATALAN MINISTRY FOREIGN AFFAIRS TOLD HER MAJESTY'SD AFFAIRES ONUNE THAT AIRCRAFT RELOHGED CALLICFRIS.

2. NOTF FURTHER 3TATFD THAT.. ATURE OF8 SUCH THAT FVFM HAD IT TAKEN PLACE IN CCIURFfEGULAR iVAR FT.VEEN TWO TIFFFREWT STATESOULD HAVE BE FNIOLATION OF THE LAV/ OF WAR AND .VOULU HAVE BEEN ILLEGAL. BUTr IN THEE ATTACK WOULD HAVF BEEN ILLEGAL EVEN THOUGH IT COiJFORMFD TOF EARSTAI'CE OF CIVIL DISTURBANCE OR EVEN OF CIVIL WAROUNTRY DOGS KOT ENTITLE PARTICIPANTS TO COMMIT ACTS OF iVAR AGAINST FOREIGN SHIPPING UNLESS BELLI GFPXNT RIGHTS HAVE BEEN ACCORTFD OR RECOGNITION ON THE PART OF FOREIGN POWERS WHICH .JAS CERTAINLY NOT THF CASE HERE.. IN THE APSFNCE OF APOVE THEREFORE THIS ATTACK ON DRITl SH SHIP AS CLEARLY AN ILLEGAL ONE LIABILITY FORH MUST REST ON RESPONSIBILITY- GUAT AUTHORITIES.'

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uote did NOT MENTION SPECIFIC SUM OFUSED THIS PRECISE PHRASEOLOGY HOWFVER "HER MAJESTY'S LEGATION RESERVED THE RIGHT IN TXJc COURSE to PRESENT, on BfHALFOR COMPENSATION FOR ALL LOSSES, DAMAGE, CLAIMS AND EXPENSES OF WHATEVER NATURE, DIRECTLY Oft INDIRECTLY .'RISING OUT OF UNLAWFUL ATTACKS OA SPRINGFJORD ON JUNAST".

40 ULYINERS COMMUNICATED GUAT GOVTUIL'R TE LEON AND STATFTJ THATOULD BE PRESEKTFJJUE COURSE. SAID CLAIM ARISING FROM ILLFGAL ATTACK ON VESSEL WHILE LYING OFF SAN JOSE" HARBOR.

5. ULY SHIP OSIERS.7ROTEND ADVISED THAT THFY HERE LOOKING FCWARD TO SATISFACTORY REPLY TO EARLIER GORFES-PONTFNCF. STATFD FURTHER THAT IN INTFRIM THEY H'D RECEIVED ADVICE THAT SHIP TOTAL LOSS AND THIS LFTTER SA3 IN ^CT-FORMAL NOTICE THEIRALL INTEREST IN VE88EL ANDURTHER RESPONSIBILITY CONNECTION WITH HFR.

UGUST SIKCLAIR ROCHE AND TF'PFRLEY SOLICITORS OF LOKDON BROTH DIRECT TO GUAT MINISTER AGUILAR IX LEON ANDHAT THEY WERE ACTING ON BEHALF OWNERS OF VESSEL AND ON BEHALF UNTJFRIVRITERS SHIPMENT SALVADORAN COTTON ON SHIP. LETTER STATED THAT SHIP EECLA*?FD TOTAL LOSS AND UHTJFRVfiITERS HAD PAID CARGO OWNERS TOTAL LOSS AND RECEIVED SUBROGATION OF RIGHTS FROMNFRS. LETTER

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FURTHER STATED SOLICITORS PREPARING PARTICULARS OF UNDERWRITERS CLAIM FOR SUBMISSION TO GUAT GOVT.

7* HAVE NOT YET REPLIED TO GUAT FORMIN APPROACH PER

8. ABOVE INFO RECEIVED FRON GUAT FORM IN LATECT. DlH Q IRAFTIKG.

?. REQUEST CONFIRMATIONND OF MESSAGE

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AT THE DIRECTION OF THE CABLE SECRETARIAT DUTY OFFICER. THIS CABLE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED DISTRIBUTION APPLICABLE TO SYSAT CABLES.

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