838.00/2953: Telegram

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

34. Minister of Foreign Affairs is to appear before Congress Thursday and expects at that time to be questioned regarding the withdrawal of the marines. He asked me to obtain some statement regarding the intentions of the United States Government upon which he can base his reply. I explained to him the impossibility of obtaining a definite statement and urged the advantages of saying simply that the matter would be taken up in due course, but he insisted that he must have [Page 546] something from Washington to save the Government from the accusation of having shown no interest in the withdrawal of the forces of occupation.

I suggest that I be authorized to tell him that the Government of the United States desires to withdraw the forces of occupation at the earliest moment when it feels that it can properly do so but that it does not consider it practicable at the present time to attempt to fix any definite date or program.