438.00/215: Telegram

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

20. Your January 31, 6 p.m. You may discuss question informally with Mr. Stanley and tell him that it is the view of the Department and of General Russell that it would be far preferable to reach a compromise regarding the presidency of the Claims Commission than to continue a dispute which can only leave bad feeling. It is believed that the best solution would be to have the American and Haitian members, as representatives of parties to the protocol, alternate in the presidency, with the understanding that Mr. Stanley should preside at any time when Mr. Leger might withdraw temporarily because of personal interest in claims under consideration or because of sickness. Department considers it highly important that this matter should be arranged in a way which will promote harmonious working of the Commission.