Date: 1977 June 29, 00:00 (Wednesday) Original Classification: SECRET Handling Restrictions: LIMDIS – Limited Distribution Only Office Action: ACTION ARA – Bureau of Inter-American Affairs From: Guatemala Guatemala To: Secretary of State 1. SUMMARY: MISSION DOES NOT BELIEVE GUATEMALAN ATTACK ON BELIZE IS IMMINENT. WE BELIEVE SIGNALS THAT MIGHT BE READ ASPREPARATION FOR ATTACK ARE INSTEAD A CALCULATED ATTEMPT BY GOG TO INFLUENCE BRITISH POLICY AND […]
The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance was an agreement signed in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro among many countries of the Americas. The central principle contained in its articles is that an attack against one is to be considered an attack against them all; this was known as the “hemispheric defense” doctrine.