from : chief of station, guatemala^""
guatemalan procurement of arms in mexico
1. The followingopyemorandum, datedecemberwritten by Mr. John C. HILL, Second Secretary of. Embassy, Guatemala City, and entitled "Mexican-Guatemalan Relations: Arms Procurement and Other It ia forwarded aa being of possible interest to Headquarters and the Mexico mission.
"An informant told me today, on the basiseportource he states he has in the national palace, that.theGovernment had recently learned that the Mexican authorities had uncovered and stopped the shipmentight automatic pons which the Guatemalans had quietly obtainedexican tory.
"As an alternative, the informant said, the Guatemalan govern nt had some sort of deal under consideration by which arms could b# obtained from the Mexican Governor of the State of Chiapas, whi es on the Guatemalan frontier. Colonel Rodolfo SANCHEZ, brother the Guatemalan Defense Minister, was leaving shortly to conclude gotiatlona.
"President ARBENZ, the informant added, had received areport from Roberto ALVARADO Fuentea, Guatemalanin Mexico, that the Mexican Foreign Minister had given him to understand that tha Mexican Government repudiated Communism and could not give any kind of support to any regime which had such tendencies or fomented them. Ambassador ALVARADO Fuentes had given it as hi3 opinion that the Guatemalan Government was being conspired against in Mexico also, especially in the "bought press.
2. The source of the abovo information was not given.
Clara M. Heage^