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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)


Page 773

President was advised that there remained eight days before the
adjournment of the Council of State and it was expected that the
law on ownership of real property be repealed and the other recom-
mendations of the American Government be complied with within
this time. The President brusquely closed the interview. I awaited
the adjournment of the Council of State when no action having
been taken, I instructed the Financial Adviser to suspend payment
of salaries of Government as reported in my 46, August 5th, noon.
BLANCHARD
838.516/148: Telegram
The Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard) to the Secretary of State
PORT AU PRINCE, August 9, 1920O-5 p.M.
[Received August 10-6: 58 a.m.]
48. Department's 60, August 6, 6 p.m. and 61, August 7, 4 p.m.
On July 31st I demanded in writing the immediate repeal of the
law on ownership of real property in Haiti by resident foreigners
which was passed in violation of the agreement of August 24th,
1918, and over my violent protest. This law is an erroneous inter-
pretation of article 5 of the Constitution, absolutely contrary to
spirit thereof, will prohibit the investment of foreign capital in
Haiti and will prevent attainment of the aims of the treaty.
The Council of State adjourned on the 4th of August. No action
for repeal having been taken I instructed Financial Adviser to sus-
pend payment salaries Government. The basis for my action is
found in the language of article 5 of the treaty which requires that
the Government of Haiti shall be paid out of such moneys as will
remain after the expenses of the offices of the Receiver and the
Financial Adviser, the payment of the amortization and interest of
the debt of Haiti and the maintenance of the constabulary.
As long as there has been cooperation between the Haitian Gov-
ernment and the United States Government a strict compliance with
the requirements of article 5 has not been insisted upon by the
American Government and to [the] Haitian Government has been
given priority over payment of the amortization and interest of the
debt of Haiti. This action is only warranted when the accord be-
tween the Haitian Government and the United States Government
is [of] such a character as to enable the provisions and purposes of
the treaties to be carried into effect. These purposes not being pos-
sible of attainment by reason of the action and attitude of the,
Haitian Government, I have by my act reverted to the provision of
the treaty and thereby deferred payment of salaries of the Haitian
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HAITI


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