882.5048/378a: Telegram

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

2. The Liberian Consul General was received this morning by Mr. Marriner.2 Under instructions from his Government he orally conveyed the Liberian notes quoted in your telegrams No. 177, December 18, 9 p.m.,3 and No. 181, December 24, 2 p.m.,4 and asked for an expression of this Government’s views.

The Consul General was informed that in view of the conditions disclosed by the International Commission, this Government had no interest in partial reforms or in measures falling short of compliance with adequate enforcement provisions. Mr. Marriner discussed at length the attitude of this Government on the above subject, as well as concerning the forced withdrawal of the Chief Medical Adviser,5 the seriousness of general conditions, et cetera, and informed the Consul General that you had received full instructions in the premises.

The question of our present relations with the Liberian régime was not discussed.

  1. J. Theodore Marriner, Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1930, vol. iii, p. 387.
  3. Ibid., p. 390.
  4. See ibid., pp. 415 ff.