882.124a/91: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Liberia (Reber)

79. Your 119, September 15, 9 p.m. Radio received by Firestone from Hines indicates that Loomis advises and Hines agrees that Finance Corporation’s reply about sanitation funds should be delayed until after September 20th conference with the President. We feel that it is essential that the sanitary issues should not become confused with question of the alleged breaches of the Loan Agreement or any other questions pending between Finance Corporation and the Government. We also feel that nothing should be allowed to delay the progress of sanitary improvement in Liberia after the 20th. The Department would like to have you cable report and your recommendations on this subject immediately in order that it may be in a position to discuss the matter further with a view to pressing action on the sanitary situation with Firestone.