738.3915/241: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Haiti ( Dunn )

68. For General Russell.

Your despatch No. 14155 regarding Haiti-Santo Domingo boundary.

Department is informed a sub-committee of the Dominican Commission in collaboration with the Provisional President and Minister of Foreign Affairs is now drafting instructions to a representative of the Dominican Government for use in negotiating with Haiti the submission of the whole boundary question to arbitration.

In view of the foregoing it is felt that this is not an opportune time for the resurvey of the northern portion of the boundary suggested by you; but Department believes that the present non-partisan régime in the Dominican Republic offers an opportunity to solve a problem whose existence is a source of constant danger. It understands that the Haitian Government is in sympathy with this object.

You are authorized to inform President Borno of the foregoing in the manner seeming to you most effective and to make any appropriate suggestions to him in that regard to further the boundary settlement. Please report fully your action and any developments. Minister Russell is being similarly instructed.

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