839.51/4051: Telegram

The Minister in the Dominican Republic (Schoenfeld) to the Secretary of State

5. My telegram No. 3, January 25, 6 p.m. As bearing upon the Department’s consideration of its policy with regard to compliance by Dominican Government with article 6 (d) of Emergency Law and generally in the matter of Dominican financial situation … informs me today in absolute confidence that President Trujillo has from time to time for some months received through Messrs. Davies or Newman,9 or both, reports of oral but allegedly specific commitments taken in Washington on behalf of our Government on this subject which were evidently at variance with Department’s official instructions to me. I understand, for instance, that it was reported to President Trujillo by them that specific assurances had been given them on behalf of the Department last fall that, provided Dominican Government should undertake negotiations for general settlement of debt problem “within 6 months”, the American Government would not bring up the matter of further remittances for amortization pending conclusion of negotiations. I understand from … also that when I made to President Trujillo last September informal suggestion that remittance of $400,000 from surplus in the Emergency Fund seemed appropriate at that time, the President consulted Messrs. Davies and Newman who reported that the American Government would consider remittance of $100,000 satisfactory. Remittance of this amount only was accordingly made.

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  1. Oliver Peck Newman, Financial Adviser and Special Emergency Agent for the Dominican Republic.