838.00/2406: Telegram

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

135. President Borno this morning sent for me and stated that a number of members of Council of State representing a majority had just called on him and desired to change paragraph 1 of article 72 to read that the term of office of President shall last for 6 years, this in order to give him (President Borno) two more years. I informed him that I could not agree to such a radical change without first obtaining approval of the Department. The President stated that there was not time for that as the amendments must be voted today and that he would consequently request the Council not to make the change it desires.