The Minister in Haiti ( Munro ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 27.]
Sir: I have the honor to report that the Haitian Government, on January 14, 1931, addressed a further note to this Legation on the subject of Haitianization, enclosing a memorandum making specific proposals which, in some cases, were somewhat more radical than those contained in M. Sannon’s earlier communication on the same subject. Translations of this note and memorandum are transmitted herewith.
The tone of this communication and the attitude which the Government had recently assumed on other questions under discussion made it seem advisable to preface any further expressions of a readiness to make concessions in Haitianization with a definite statement which would disabuse the Haitian Government of any impression that the process of Haitianization would be accompanied by a relinquishment of the authority which the American Treaty Officials now exercise over their respective departments. I, therefore, handed M. Sannon a note, copy of which is enclosed, setting forth in part the position of the United States Government as expressed in instructions [Page 407] addressed to me by the Secretary of State on October 18, 1930.12 I felt that further negotiations would be carried on in a decidedly more satisfactory atmosphere if it were clear from the start that there were definite limits to the concessions which the Government of the United States was prepared to make.
On the same day, I handed M. Sannon, informally, a tentative plan for the reorganization of the Service Technique, a copy of which is also transmitted herewith. He promised to submit the plan at once to the President and the Council of Secretaries of State but said that the Haitian Government would prefer to have a reply to all its proposals regarding Haitianization before proceeding with further negotiations. I pointed out that the Government had expressed a special desire to make arrangements which would permit the immediate opening of the schools, and said that it was for this reason that I had thought it preferable to consider the reorganization of the Service Technique first. I also pointed out that the discussing of Haitianization in all of the Treaty Services would involve a considerable delay. M. Sannon insisted, however, that the matter should be dealt with as a whole, realizing, of course, that we would probably go much farther toward meeting the Haitian Government’s desires with respect to the Service Technique than with respect to other Departments. As I did not feel that there was any real justification for insisting upon dealing with the different Services one by one, I promised to send him a reply to his note as a whole in the near future.
I am, at present, going over the question of Haitianization again in detail with each Treaty Official, and I propose, within the next few days, to send M. Sannon a formal note outlining a plan of Haitianization very similar to that described in my despatch number 21 of December 22nd,13 and answering specifically some of the new points raised in his memorandum of January 14th. I had hoped to avoid unnecessary correspondence and exchanges of notes in conducting the negotiations regarding Haitianization, but I believe that the President and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs feel that they need a formal written statement from the Legation which they can use to convince their more radical associates that matters really are as they have described them. The Government is, unquestionably, being subjected to severe pressure from persons who feel that it has not been sufficiently energetic in formulating and pressing its demands and who accuse it of acquiescing in a policy of delay.