CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM LINCOLN RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/24/1954

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FROM. HOSTILITY AGAINST ARBENZ REGIME MAINLY CAUSED UFCO (SEE PARA) COMMIE ARGUMENT THAT "INVADERS" ANO "YANKEE IMPERIALISTS" ANXIOUS TO WIPE OUT AGRARIAN REFORM APPEARS TO BE MOST DANGEROUS NOT ONLY FOR GUAT CONSUMPTION, BUT FOR EFFECT WHEREVER IN WORLD AGRARIAN REFORM QUESTIONS VITALLY IMPORTANT, INCLUDING LATIN AMERICA, ASIA, AFRICA, EVEN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES LACK TREATMENT AGRARIAN QUESTION BY SHERWOOO REPORTED.

RECOMMEND THEREFORE YOU SUGGEST TO STATE OEPT IMMEDIATE COUNT ERMEASUUTH|<ST^^

(PERHAPS JOINTEC AG*IQULTURE) ENDORSING PRINCIPLES AGRAR^NN/eVoBM MOVEMENTSN LINE WITH

U.S. FARM POLICY, TRADITIONAL DESIRE TO-SEE UNDERDEVELOPED

COUNTRIES BECOMING SELF-SUPPORTING.

POLICY STATEMENT TO BE FOLLOWEDJ^juffifafr. .

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granted agrarian reforms many foreign countries, including marshall plan, point four program, fao, training foreign farm specialists tc.

If. .. security council, or other bell placed govt spokesman, possibly iiith reference to documents suggestedbove, but without delay, to present criticism of arbenz reforms, drawing parallel to chinese "agrarianmphasizing reform itself internal affair guat people, we exclusively concerneo with safeguarding western hemisphere against communist conspiracy.

5. criticism of guat reforms consioered essential to alienate liberal sympathies for arbenz reform regime abroad, experts shoulo be able furnish supporting facts. off hand suggestions

since "cultura ganda insteao,

b. penniless recipients?of.land must become

indebted govt-controlled;agrarian banket0 buy farm implements, have to j(

building prograu slow since govt spends money propaganda, armaments (atlantic highway workers recently eight weeks

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without pay, had to strike to be paid),

6. state dept might consider aboveconsulting area experts countries enumeratedbove, for more precise evaluation impact guat agrarian reform story there ano appropriate.

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