838.51/2287: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti ( Munro )

54. Your 81, July 17, 2 p.m. You will immediately inform the Haitian Government of the grave concern felt by this Government owing to the action of the Minister of Finance in submitting the budget to the Haitian Congress without having reached a prior agreement with the Financial Adviser. You will point out that this action is in contravention of the Treaty of 1915.51 In this relation you will invite attention to the obligations of the Haitian Government as set forth in Articles 2, 3 and 9 of the Treaty and you may also refer to the provisions [Page 513] of Article 8 of the Protocol of 1919.52 Unless you perceive objection you may further invite attention to the obligations of the United States as set forth in Articles 1, 3 and 14 of the Treaty.

You will request the Haitian authorities in a formal note to withdraw the budget from Congress in order to enable the Financial Adviser to reach a satisfactory agreement with the Minister of Finance.

The Department intends to invite the attention of the Haitian Minister at Washington to the seriousness of the situation.

It would be appreciated if you would defer your departure from Port au Prince until a response to your note has been received from the Haitian Government and the Department has sent you further instructions.

  1. Treaty between the United States and Haiti relating to the finances, economic development, and tranquillity of Haiti; for text, and supplementary agreements and protocols signed in 1916, see ibid., 1916, pp. 328338; for additional act signed March 28, 1917, extending the duration of the treaty, see ibid., 1917, p. 807.
  2. Protocol of October 3, 1919, ibid., 1919, vol. ii, p. 347.