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Created: 6/25/1954

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RECENT TRIP TO CENTRAL AMEftlCA AND CUBA A'S FOLLOY/S;

2, REWOWATVER INABILITY SECURE SUFFICIENT CONCESSIONSA MEETING OFJ"GUATEMALA DUE LACK OF ALTERNATIVE, HE IS CONSIDERED UNRELIABLE AS REGARDS GUATEMALA AND ALSO BECAUSE OF HIS COOPERATION WITH COSTA RICA. THIS ATTRIBUTED TO FIGUERES OFFER to SUPPORT REM ON IN NEGOTIATIONS.

5, Q S UP TC lilS NECK IN REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITIES AGAINST ARBENZ GOVERNMENTEN SECRET THAT LARGE QUANTITIES OF ARf-lAMENTS HAVE BEEN FLOWN THROUGH MANAGUA AIRPORT AND

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ke ISIT TO HONDURAS AND CONVERSATIONMD C_ EVEALEO SIUILAR DETERMINATION TO DO ALL NECESSARY TOARBENZ GOVERNMENT. GREATLY INCENSED OVER STRIKES,

5. SITUATION IN CUBA DESCRI8ED AS CONFUSED WITH BATISTA PREOCCUPIED OVER INTERNAL SITUATION.

WAREATE FOR REVOLUTIONARY ATTACK WHICH HAD BEEN TIMED TO PRECEDE MEETING OF CONSULTATION IN WHICH NOBODY HAD ANY CONFIDENCE. C- NDr"_ BEEN UNDER IMPRESSION COUP WOULD HAVE QUICK SUCCESS IN VIEY. vCASTILLO AfftftS ASSURANCES IMPORTANT SUPPORT WITHIN GUAT ARMY. FAILURE OBTAIN SUCH SUPPORT ATTRIBUTED ARBENZ AWARENESS PLOT AND PRESUMED DIPLOMATIC ASYLUM OF PLOTTERS CHIEFLY IN SALVADORAN EMBASSY. CASTILLO ARMAS BELIEVED BE ADEQUATELY SUPPLIED WITH ARMS COSTING TWO TO THREE MILLION DOLLARS PURCHASED LARGELY FROM WORLD WAR TOO STOCKS IN EUROPE.

7.C- ESCRIBED C 3AS DISAPPOINTED FAILURE ACHIEVE QUICK DEC IS ION AMD AS HAVING ENCOURAGED VENEZUELAN CONTRIBUTION OF MILITARY PLANES* PRESIDENT PEREZ JIMENEZ NOT RESPONDING TO THIS PLEA IN BELIEF VENEZUELA SHOULD HUSBAND RESOURCES FOR POSSIBLE ACTION AGAIivBT COSTA RICA WHICH IS THE REAL ENEMY. ALTHOUGH NOT STATED IT QUITE CLEAR VENEZUELA HAD PARTICIPATED AT LEASTIN REVOLUTIONARY OPERATION*,

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8. C- ISCOURAGED BY COMMUNIST SUCCESSES IN WHIPPING UP SENTIMENT THROUGHOUT LATIN AMERICA IN FAVOR OF GUATEMALA ANU. ALTHOUGH COMPLACENT OVER HIS ABILITY TO HOLD DOWNPROPAGANDA IN VENEZUELA HEUATEMALAN VICTORY WOULD INEVITABLY RESULT IN ENHANCED COMUU-NIST PRESTIGEORRESPONDING THREAT TO STABILITY OF MANY GOVERNMENTS. HE STRESSED. PRESTIGE CCMMITTEOEVOLUTIONARY VICTORY AND THAT FAILURE TO INSURE IT WOULD BE DISASTROUS TO ALL CONCERNED.

9.Q ID NOT ATTRIBUTE ANY IMPORTANCEEWSEPORTING TORIELLO'S PLAN TO SEND AN AMBASSADOR TO VENEZUELA IN NEAR FUTURE. HE WAS APPARENTLY UNAWARE OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS THREAT TO ACCEPT TORIELLO'S BID TO DESIGNATE GARCIA MONTENEGRO.

VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT HAS RECEIVED CON-

FIDENTIAL CABLE FROM ClUDAD TRUJILLO TO EFFECT DOMINICAN GOVERNMENT PLANNING SEND ARMS ANO "VOLUNTEERS"D OF CASTILLO ARMAS,

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12. HE HAD JUST LEARNED FROM COMPLETELY RELIABLEARMAS WAS CONFIDENT OF ULTIMATE SUCCESS ANDLAUNCH AN OFFENSIVE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. HIS PLANS HADBY HEAVY RAINS AND UNEXPECTED LAST MINUTETOOLUMN OFEN TO ATTACK

FROMTHE STRATEGY DESCRIBED IS TO CONVERGE FROM

SEPARATE POINTS UPON GUATEMALA CITY WITH OBJECTIVE CUTTING IT OFF FROM REST OF COUNTRY AND FORCING GOVERNMENT TROOPS TO COME OUT AND FIGHT. THIS WOULD THEN PERMIT UTILIZATION OF CASTILLO ARMAS AIR SUPERIORITY AND FACILITATE POSSIBLE CASTILLO ARMAS DETERMINED NOT BE CAUGHT IN TRAP OF STREET FIGHTING OR THE BGKBING OF GUATEMALA CITY. HE APPARENTLY WAS NOT WORRIED BY ANY ACTION WHICH MIGHT BE TAKEN BY THE SECURITY COUNCIL IN THE. WOULD NOT SUPPORT SUCH ACTION AND IN. WOULD UNDERSTAND THE URGENT NEED FOR SUPPLYING THE ADDITIONAL PLANES REQUIRED TO INSURE SUCCESS OF THE CAMPAIGN.

- EPORTED HAVING BEEN INFORMED BY THOROUGHLY RELIABLE SOURCE THAT FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED BY CASTILLO ARMAS UPON RECEIVING CONFIRMATIONEWACCEPTANCES: PROVISIONAL PRESIDENT CASTILLO ARMAS.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS CARLOS SALAZAR JR. SECTY GENERAL OFLUIS CORONADO LIRA. INTERIOR LUISCI NEW A. DEFENSE MAJOR ENRIQUE OLIVA. COMMUNICATIONS COLONEL MIGUEL MENDOZA. LABOR MANUEL ORELLANA CARDONA. ECONOMY OR HECTOR GOICOLEA. AGRICULTURE JOSE LUIS ARENAS. INFORMATION JOSE ALDERON SALAZAR. EDUCATION MIGUEL CAMACHO. TREASURY HUMBERT0 CORDOVA CERNA* DJRECTOR GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH DAVID GUERRA. CHIEF JURIDICAL DEPARTMENT CARLOS A. RECINOS. CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF COL GUILLERMO FLORES AVENDANO,

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