GUATEMALA: Diplomat's Difficulties

Pink-cheeked, blunt Richard C. Patterson Jr., who had served three stormy years as U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia, looked forward to a quieter time when he took on his new diplomatic assignment to tree-shaded Guatemala City. That was 17 months ago. Last fortnight, weary and out of sorts, Patterson was back in Washington, and the Guatemalan government was asking for his recall on the ground that he had intervened in the nation's domestic affairs.-The State Department insisted that Patterson had merely flown to the U.S. for a medical checkup. But as soon as the ambassador had taken off for Washington,...

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