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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 781

" The Haitian Government wishes to know whether the Govern-
ment of the United States wants it, first, to overlook the protests
from the British, French, and Italian Legations, the American
bankers and merchants of the United States and other countries
and of our whole country against a law prohibiting the importation
of American gold into Haiti which law is to be enacted to favor
one bank, second, to ratify an Article added to the agreement signed
in Washington February 6, 1920, which has not been previously
communicated to the Government.19
" The members of the Haitian Government still [convinced] of
the efficacious assistance and cordial cooperation of the United
States are ready to carry out for the best interest of the nation such
directions as may be given it by the great allied and free power."
(Signed) Barau
I beg [etc.]                                A. BLANCHET
838.51/948; Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Minister in liaiti (Bailly-Blanchard)
WASHINGTON, August 26, 1920-7 p.m.
69. Your 53, August 20, 11 a.m., and 54, August 21, 2 p.m.
Department is gratified by receiving the very full information
furnished and desires you to continue reporting as fully upon all
subsequent developments.
It is regretted that you did not carry out instruction contained in
Department's August 12, 6 p.m., and suspend the action taken in
withholding salaries for 30 days; later, after receipt by you of some
intimation that Haitian Government desired once more to cooperate
with this Government, notifying the President that this Government
would consider that the cooperation desired must entail the carrying
out of the program suggested by you. The Department desired that
the President and his Cabinet be afforded the opportunity of chang-
ing the antagonistic attitude which they had assumed without the
appearance of doing so under direct compulsion.
The Department has received today formal assurances from the
Haitian Government that "the members of the Haitian Government,
still convinced of the efficacious assistance and cordial cooperation of
the United States, are ready to carry out for the best interest of the
nation such directions as may be given it by the great allied and free
power". The Department will inform the Haitian Government that
it considers carrying out of the following program essential in the
interests of the Haitian people, and an evidence of the desire of that
Government to cooperate once more with the Government of the
United States: the repeal of the laws passed in violation of the agree-
ment of August 24, 1918 as enumerated in your telegram of August
1 See p. 816.
781
HAITI


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