838.51/1069

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

No. 384

Sir: Replying to your despatch No. 446 of January 14, 1921, forwarding copy and translation of a note received from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, dated December 16, 1920, regarding the payment of six months’ interest on the consolidated Interior Debt of Haiti, you are informed that while the Government of the United States is in accord with the Government of Haiti relative to the payment of interest on the above debt at the earliest moment practicable, [Page 209] and hence agrees in principle with the proposal of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, yet the Government of the United States is of the opinion that the present financial condition of Haiti does not warrant resuming payment of the Interior Debt at this time.

As soon as financial conditions in Haiti are satisfactorily ameliorated, which it is hoped will be in the near future, the Government of the United States will be pleased to take up this question anew with the Government of Haiti.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Alvey A. Adee