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(1919)

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HAITI
EXECUTION OF THE TREATY OF SEPTEMBER 16, 19151
Arrangements for Direct Communication with the President of Haiti and for
Periodic Conferences of American Treaty Officials-Supplementary Agree-
ments, August 24 and December 3, 1918, Providing for American Approval
of Legislation and Disbursements-Request of the Haitian Government for
the Abolition of Martial Law and for the Right to Appoint and Dismiss
Customs Employees-Complaints Alleging Arbitrary Acts of American
Financial Authorities-Consideration of Withdrawal of the Forces of Occu-
pation-Reports of Increased Banditry; Dispatch of Additional Forces-
Note of October 10, 1919, in Justification of the Policies of the Occupation
838.011/47: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard)
WASHINGTON, May 09, 1918, 3 p.mn.
Your May 10, 6 p.m.2
You will ask an audience with the President of Haiti and hand
him the following statement: " the Government of the United States
cannot understand the lack of cooperation on the part of the Gov-
ernment of Haiti in relation to the publication in the Offcial Gazette
of May 8th, of the date of the plebiscite for the Constitution, without
previous agreement with the Legation, and has taken careful note
of the statement of the President of Haiti in regard to a misunder-
standing having arisen due to the Acting Minister for Foreign
Affairs.
In order to avoid future misunderstandings of this nature, the
Government of the United States is of the opinion that a more useful
purpose will be served if major negotiations between the United
States and Haiti it Port au Prince shall, in the future, be transacted
directly between the President of Haiti and the American Legation.
As the Government of the United States is entirely convinced
of the desire of the President of Haiti for closer cooperation in
view of the provisions of the Treaty of 1915 and feels certain that
he is most desirous of obviating any further difficulty in connection
with very important negotiations, it has instructed the American
Minister to act in the manner outlined above."
LANSING
Continued from Foreign Relations, 1917, pp. 802-813; for text of treaty of
1915, see ibid., 1916, p. 328.
2Not printed.
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