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Haiti,   pp. 760-853 PDF (33.4 MB)

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Minister at Port au Prince that he may, as an act of deference, if
he believes such a step would be conducive to a better understanding,
suspend the action which he has taken in directing that the salaries
of the President, the Secretaries of State, and the Councilors of
State of Haiti be withheld, for a period of 30 days, in the hope that
before the conclusion of that period the Government of Haiti may
once more manifest its desire to cooperate cordially with the Govern-
ment of the United States in carrying out the objects of the Treaty.
The Government of the United States is animated by no selfish
purpose in its relations with the Government of Haiti, but is guided
by true friendship for the Republic of Haiti and the Haitian people,
and by regard for the responsibility which it has assumed in stand-
ing as sponsor before the world for the performance by Haiti of her
international obligations. It has no ulterior purpose. Its sole aim
is to assist the Haitian Government to place the revenues and finances
of the Republic on a stable basis; to help the Haitian Government to
maintain such tranquility in Haiti as can only be obtained by the
general observance of law and order, and to contribute in every
proper way to advance the prosperity of the Republic and the well-
being of its people."
838.51/948 : Telegram
The Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanrchard) to the Secretary of State
PORT AU PRINCE, August 20, 1920-11 a.m.
[Received August 21 (?)-lO: 50 a.m.]
53. Department's August 12, 6 p.m. and August 12, 7 p.m., my
51, August 17, 6[4] p.m.'5 In audience with the President this
morning presented [proposals?] 16 adding my readiness to take the
action suggested by the Department of State if the Haitian Govern-
ment, to show its desire to fully cooperate with the American Gov-
ernment, would immediately obligate itself to repeal the following
laws passed in violation of the agreement of August 24, 1918: On
ownership of real estate in Haiti by resident foreigners, returning
sequestrated property to Germans, on pensions, on duty on motor
vehicles, etc., on trade marks, on mines and mining concessions, on
preparation of primary school teachers, on preparatory manual train-
ing schools, on railroads and tramways, on firearms and ammuni-
tion, on survey; and to enact the following laws: Putting in operation
section 15 of the contract of the retrait and reaffirming the gourd[e]
as the legal money of Haiti, providing for the leasing of state land
on long delay terms, establishing the ten modifications in the charter
of the Banque Nationale de la Ripublique d'Haiti, of approval of
the transfer of the Banque Nationale de la Republique d'Haiti to
'No. 51 not printed.
'The note verbale in which the Minister presented the proposals was dated
Aug. 19.

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