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February 13, 1961
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25X1 Approved For Release 20D5106122:CIA-RDPBST00675ROD2DOD190D05.1 Approved For Release 2005 06/22Ljt RDP85T00875R002 00190 1 CIII CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY OFFICE OF NATIONAL ESTIMATES D R A F T 13 February 1961 STAFF' MEMORANDUM 3.2-61 (Internal 0/NE Working Paper - CIE! Distribution Only) SUBJECT: Attitudes of Other Latin American Governments toward Cuba 1. Official opinion in Latin America has by now generally crystallized against the Castro regime, and for the most part Latin American governments are somewhat less fearful of stirring up pro-Castro opposition at home than they were initially.* How far individual governments might be prepared to go in manifesting their opposition to Castro would depend very heavily on circumstances. li`~;~;`,"i; CIA Approved For Release 2005/06/22 : CIA-RDP85T00875R002000190005-1 Approved For Release 2005/06/22jERDP85T00875R002000190005-1 CIA 11,Ti of ",.y 2. In general, however, the 19 Latin members of the OAS (with the obvious exclusion of Cuba) would appear to fall into the following categories: a. Eight (Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua,, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela) are avowedly anti- Castro and would welcome, if not throw their full weight behind, collective measurop against him. b. Five (Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Uruguay) are generally anti-Castro but in varying degrees less militantly so; they would probably go along with loss extreme OAS moves against Cuba. c. Four (Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico) now appear for domestic reasoria either unwilling or unable to come out openly against Castro. d. Two (Dominican Republic and Brazil) are special cases. The Trujillo dictatorship is fundamentally opposed to Castro acid Castroism, but in its present beleaguered contition is erratic and unpredictable. Brazil's new president has reserved his position on Crba. Approved For Release 2005/0' /~2"'DIA-RDP85T O875R002000190005-1 Approved For Release 2005/06/22 : CIA-RDP85T00875R002000190005-1 SECRET 3. Attached is a summ,wry of the Y,reaent position of each Latin American country. ATTACHMENT ATTITUDES OF OTHER LATIN AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS TOWARD CUBA The First Ca!~Qmcmr.y 1. Colombia. President Lloras Camargo is convinced that Castro must go, but he prefers that this be provoked by OAS action and that the anti-Castro effort be supplemented by measures to bring down Trujillo. He is under increasing prossuro from the leading political parties, the press, business people and others to break with Cuba unilaterally and soon. 2. The provisional government of El Salvador, in the throes of reestablishing order after overthrowing a pro-Castro junta, probably would be in favor of an OAS airing of the l:'ba issue. In the meantime, there is a good chance that it may break or sti~spond relations with Cuba. 3. Guatemala. The Ydigoras government, which broke relations with Cuba last year, is aggressively anti-Castro. It would participate in an OAS condemnation of Castro or stronger measures. -3- Approved For Release 2005/06/22 CIA-RDP85T00875R002000190005-1 Approved For Release 2005/06/22 : CIA-RDP85T00875R002000190005-1 SECRE, T CIA IN111`1;N;;L UO''J ONLY 4. N& aragua is a determined opponent of Castro and the Somoza go1r-.,rnmontIs relations with him are suspended. It can be ca~+iited on to support almost any OAS solution on Cuba.. 5. Panama has been hit hard by Castro activists and the governmvc t there, under strongly pro-US leadership, is one of Castro':,:; impl