882.01 Foreign Control/459: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Edge) to the Secretary of State

16. The Liberian Minister in Paris called on Marriner2 this morning under instructions of his Government to say that the refusal of the American Minister in Liberia to receive the note of the secretary to President Barclay3 in reply to the Minister’s protest4 against the Joint Resolution to suspend the payment of interest and amortization of the 1926 loan5 had made it impossible for Liberia to find a channel for communicating with the United States, as it had no representative in America. Baron Bogaerde6 produced a copy of the Joint Resolution and after looking at it Marriner told him that it was easy to understand the necessity for an American protest for a law which accomplished the unilateral nullification of the provisions of an international arrangement. The Minister said that his Government was not unaware of that aspect of the matter but that the situation had become envenomed by the personal difficulties of finding a means of communication on this subject in Liberia.

Marriner told him that it seemed extremely difficult to deal with this matter in Paris but agreed to call the attention of the Department of State to the Minister’s representations.

  1. Counselor of Embassy at Paris.
  2. See telegram No. 118, December 30, 1932, from the Minister in Liberia and telegram No. 1, January 3, 1933, from the Secretary of State to the Consul at Geneva, Foreign Relations, 1932, vol. ii, pp. 791 and 792.
  3. See telegram No. 79, December 23, 1932, to the Minister in Liberia, ibid., p. 788.
  4. See telegram No. 109, December 16, 1932, from the Minister in Liberia, ibid., p. 786.
  5. Othon de Bogaerde, Liberian Minister in France.