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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920
(1920)

Haiti,   pp. 760-853 PDF (33.4 MB)


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838.51/937
The Department of State to the Haitian Legation
AIDE-ME'MOIRE
The Third Assistant Secretary of State received on August 2 two
notes dated July 30 which the Charge d'Affaires of Haiti handed to
him by instruction of his Government. In the two notes referred to
Mr. Blanchet informed the Department of State that the Haitian
Government felt constrained to complain of the action of the Finan-
cial Adviser to the Haitian Government in postponing consideration
of the Budget, due chiefly, the Financial Adviser was reported to
have stated, to the refusal of the Haitian Government to approve the
modification of the bank charter which prohibits the importation of
foreign currency into the Republic of Haiti. The Charge d'Affaires
of Haiti stated further that the Financial Adviser was supported in
the position which he had taken by the American Minister and the
Chief of the Occupation, who likewise were reported to have
demanded the repeal of the law construing Article 5 of the Constitu-
tion, the non-publication of a law relating to the Compensation
Bureau, and the dismissal of the Cabinet. The Charge d'Affaires of
Haiti likewise by instruction of his Government asked for the
appointment of Agents by the Government of the United States to
investigate the situation in question.
In conversation with the Charge d'Affaires of Haiti, the Third
Assistant Secretary of State stated that before coming to any
decision regarding an investigation of the situation, the Depart-
ment of State felt obliged to request full and frank information
from the Government of Haiti as to the reasons for the change in
the attitude of the Haitian Government regarding the modifications
of the bank charter (of which the prohibition of the importation
of foreign currency is one) which were approved by the Depart-
ment of State, representatives of the Haitian Government and the
National City Bank, as being in the best interests of the Haitian
people. He asked whether the Haitian Government, if assured
that such prohibition of the importation of foreign currency would
not limit the investment of foreign capital in Haiti, would still
oppose that particular modification of the bank charter, or whether
the reported protests of the British Legation in Port au Prince
against the approval of this modification would continue to influ-
ence the position taken by the Haitian Government. He added
that the approval of the Department of State to the said modifi-
cations was given after careful consideration and with the consent
of the Haitian Minister of Finance, in the belief that they formed
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