838.00/1577: Telegram

The Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard) to the Acting Secretary of State

Department’s confidential March 20, 6 p.m. complied with. The consensus of opinion of the treaty officials is that the time has not yet [Page 331]come when the occupation can safely be withdrawn, especially in view of the statement of the Chief of the Gendarmerie that the Gendarmerie is unable to control the situation so far as brigandage is concerned even with the support of the presence of the troops of the occupation, much less without such support. In the opinion of the conference, the withdrawal of the occupation at the present time would undoubtedly result in a serious revolution, probably resulting in the downfall of the present Haitian Government in a very short time. I fully concur in the above. …

Blanchard