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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Liberia,   pp. 464-530 PDF (23.3 MB)


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LIBERIA
FINANCIAL AFFAIRS'
Efforts to Obtain French and British Approval of an All-American Receiver-
ship-Discussion at Paris; Refusal by the American Government of a
Protectorate or Mandate-Plan to Terminate the International Receiver-
ship by Refunding the 1912 Loan-Discussion with the Treasury Depart-
ment as to Amount of Credits Available
882.73/13: Telegram
The Charge in France (Bliss) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Extract 2]
PARIS, January 15, 1919, 12 p.m.
[Received Janucary 16, 8.03 a.m.]
6774. My 6749, Jan. 14, 9 p. m. 3 Following is translation of note
dated 10th instant just received from Foreign Office.
By its note of December 29 last 4 the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
expressed to the American Embassy the desire that it should acquaint
the Federal Government with the attitude adopted by the Govern-
ment of the Republic in regard to the financial aid to be extended
to the Liberian Government.
It is desirable that France and England should participate as
they have done heretofore in the said financial assistance. If the
latter were provided by the United States alone it might indeed be
considered that the resulting control over the administration of
Liberia would be tantamount to the establishment of a veritable
protectorate.
It appears from information received from the French Embassy
at Washington that the Federal Government considers that this
question of financial reorganization is not one which should be
submitted to the Peace Conference, but settled between England, the
United States and France. The Government of the Republic, desir-
ous of entering into the view of the Federal Government in this
respect, and, like it, aiming only at the financial welfare of Liberia,
is disposed to examine in the most conciliatory spirit the proposi-
tions which the Dept. of State might make. Moreover, in the event
of the proposed loan being granted to Liberia by the United States
alone the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will not insist upon an Amer-
ican protectorate being declared over that country. It would, how-
ever, be understood that the established control involved [involving],
de facto, a sort of protectorate, the Government of the Republic
1 Continued from Foreign Relations, 1918, pp. 505-547.
2Printed in full, p. 515.
'Post, p. 514.
4See telegram No. 6568, Dec. .30, 1918, from the Chargo in France, Foreign
Relations, 1918, p. 547.
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