REPORT OF GENERAL MCCLURE ON CENTRAL AMERICAN TRIP. (W/ATTACHMENT)

Created: 12/16/1952

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HEMOPANWM POR THE RECORD:

SUBJECT: Report of General McClure on Central American Trip.

. oneneral McClure reported toFrank G. Wiener on his recent trip through the Caribbean area. Also present were General Wcckcrling end Colonel King.

General HcClure said that be had been ln Venezuela and ail Central American countries except Sicara*rua- In eachxcept Guatemala he had talked

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J performance was outstandingrelations with the Caribbean Coaxaand were excellent. Hocoaeienta were heard about any of the

in the area.

3. GUATEMALA

The Guatemalans are receiving planes from the United States Air Force and we stillission there. illimeter ammunition which the Guatemalans have bought and paid for is currently impounded in Guatemala City by the United States Army.

h. HONDURAS

Five hours were spent with president Galvez and Defense Minister Pineda. Galvez spoke in the most friendly terms about the United States, but Pinedouhad little to say. Mr. Hisoer told General McClure that information had recently been received to the effect that Pineda, is in the pay of the Guatemalans. General McClure,oment's reflection, agreed this might be entirely possible.

5- EL SALVADOR

General McClure spent most of his time with the Minister of Defense, General Polano. There were no consients on the political situation.

6. ACTION

On two matters General McClure suggested action by CIA:

a. That local representatives of CIA be allowed liaison with the chiefs of our military missions as well as attaches.

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Because of their extensive military contacts and freedom of travel to all parte of the country, chiefs of military missions may be valuable sources of information.

b. Lt. General McBride, Cccmanding General of theto General McClure that he isabout his area outside of Panama. Colonelthat when he called on General McBride onno such question was raised. Generalthis was even more recent, that General McBridethen aware of the need for this area-wideWiener suggestedable bo sent to Panamaor three weeksound-up of pertinentthe entire area, ande informationbe made available byGeneral.

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