438.00/263: Telegram

The High Commissioner in Haiti ( Russell ) to the Secretary of State

77. Referring to the jurisdiction of Claims Commission French Minister here in notes to the Haitian Government and myself has pointed out that three claims of French citizens occurred after May 1916 and suggests that these might properly be referred to the Arbitral Tribunal to be appointed to consider French claims prior to 1913 and requested my opinion. I can see no objection to such an arrangement. President Borno informed me that if other governments desired the same treatment for claims of their nationals arising after May 3, 1916, the Haitian Government would approve.