MISC RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/4/1954

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(STATEMENT ISSUEDY THE GUATEMALAN EMBASSY IN TEGUCIGALPA) /

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THE GUATEMALAN EMBASSY HAS TAKEN. NOTICE OF THE STORtESRESPONSIBLE NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO NEWSCASTS CONCERNINGGIVENUATEMALAN, RAFAEL MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ.AND FOREIGN NEWSMEN.

IN THIS INTERVIEW MENDEZHF' HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE GUATEMALANIVIL GUARD, COL. ROGELIO (CRUZO. COME TO HONDURAS TO KIDNAP OR MURDER FORMER COL. CARLOS CASTILLO ARMAS. MENDEZ ASSERTED THAT THE PLOT WAS ARRANGED WITH THEF'THr^ws MILITARY ATTACHE AT THE GUATEMALAN EMBASSY, COL. LUIS MORALES, AND THE GUATEMALAN AIR ATTACHE FOR CENTRAL AMERICAN,.MAJ. VICTOR FIGUEROA.

THE PRESS REPORTS ALSO STATED THAT MENDEZ* INTERVIEWOTARIZEDOTARY PUBLIC, ANTONIO (AHGELT).

THE GUATEMALAN EMBASSY HEREBY DECLARES THAT IN VIEW OFIN WHICH HE NAMED TWO MEMBERS OF GUATEMALA'SINDEED THE EMBASSYMUST TAKE THIS MEANS TOTHEOR THE PUBLIC AND THE HONORABLEAS ,

EMBASSY OBTAINED OFFICIAL KNOWLEDGE OF MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ^ PRESENCE IN HONDURAS LAST-HEN HE APPEARED AT THE CONSULAR OFFICE TOISA TO RETURN TO GUATEMALA. THE VISA WAS GRANTED. IT BORE THE, AND WAS DATEDHEERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH THE AMBASSADOR.

THE INTERVIEW DID NOT RPT NOT TAKE PLACE THAT DAY, (BUTHE DAY BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE FOR GUATEMALA. HE WAS REVEALED TO BE THE BEARER OF IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM GUATEMALAN EXILES IN HONDURAS ADDRESSED TOUATEMALAN LEADERS IN MEXICO. THESE MESSACES WERE CONCEALEDUBE OF COLCATE'S TOOTH PASTE.

IT MUST BE POIMTED OUT THAT BEFORE THE MISSION ENTRUSTED TO HIM WAS DISCOVERED, MEMDEEZ HAD INSISTENTLY REQUESTED MONEY TC PAY HIS WAY OUT OF HONDURAS BY LAND ROUTE, AND THAT HE HAD CLAIMED TO BE AN HONEST CITIZEN OF GUATEMALA. DEVOTED TO THE REVOLUTIONARY PRINCIPLES OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT TODAY GUIDES OUR NATIONAL DESTINIES.

UNDS AND THAT THIS UAS THE REASON HE HAD APPROACHED-THE'OR ASSISTANCE. THE ASSISTANCE- HE:AS.^ ALTHOUGH NOT RPT NOT. ASS HE HADANY-DIPLOMATICS""'^ .OR CONSULAR MISSION ANYWHERE-:IN'THE WORLD WOULDl-HA^

RELATIONS THAT MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ HAD WITH -COLMORABE SUMMARIZED. '

'HIS ARRIVAL IN TEGUCIGLPA LAST MARCH, MENDEZ INTRODUCEDv^ HIMSELF TO COL. MORALES AND TOLD HIM THAT HE DESIRED EMPLOYMENT. IN THE MILITARY ATTACHE'S OFFICE OF THE EMBASSY-OR-K"ASTTHE AMBASSADOR'S BODYGUARD*, HE SAIDOB BECAUSE HE WAS WITHOUT FUNDS TO (KEEP

'TO SEND. TO HIS-FAMILY IN GUATEMALA.HE 'WAS TOLD IN;ii.r.

.WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO INCREASEziANYTHAT AMBASSADOR (ALREADYJ ,

IS IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT MENDEZSPOKE -WITH COL.SEVERAL TIMES FOR THE PURPOSE OFVCONCERNING THETOEXILES RESIDING INORALESFROM THE ,VERY FIRST. AND PAID NO ATTENTION TOALLEGATIONS, ASSUMING HIM; TO BE MERELY-'ANOTHERSERVICE OF CASTILLO ARMAS AND HIS.

MENDEZ TOLD COL. MORALES THAT THE LEADERS OFTEMAL AN.IN HONDURAS WANTED TO DISCREDIT HIM--COL'.'MEANS THEY COULD. AND THAT THEYESORT TO;PHYSiCALOR EVEN MURDER IF IT PROVED NECESSARY. "HE'HE HIMSELF HAD BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THE "ASSIGNMENTMORALES IN EXCHANGEARGE SUM. OF MONEY'THAT CASTILLO'WOULD PAY HIM- UPON FULFILLMENT OF 'THE ASSIGNMENT? 'AND"HE HAD ALSO BEEN PROMISED -THAT WHEN CASTILLO ARMASRECEIVE ALL MANNER OF ASSISTANCE AND f^

ASSERTIONS BY MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ, AS WELL ASCALLS FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS, CAUSED THETO ASK THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONALREPORT NUMBER > AY-AND*NIGHT GUARD AGAINST ANY POSSIBLEJUST IN CASE MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ' WARNING SHOULD PROVEANY BASIS IN

GUATEMALAN EMBASSY HAS READ AND HEARD WITH DUE ATTENTION THE NEWSPAPER AND RADIO REPORTS, AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE.UBLICIZED RAFAEL MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ DID NOT RPT NOT MEMORIZE HIS , RDERS WELL, FOR HIS STATEMENT IS OBVIOUSLYERIES OF CONTRADICTIONS, FALSE ARGUMENTS, AND CHILDISHTWO WORDSIN AN ATTEMPT TO DECEIVE THE HONORABLE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT AT THIS MEETING.

can anyone believean would agree toeed of this magnitude and these possible repercussions;.in-return for the

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