838.00/3201: Telegram

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

51. The following law has been enacted:9

“That the President of the United States is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to transfer permanently and deliver to the Government of Haiti, without chargé against that Government, all right, title, and interest of the Government of the United States in such hereinafter-named property, now in Haiti, as may appear appropriate to the President of the United States:

(a) Equipment, supplies, materials; (b) buildings on land belonging to the Government of Haiti and land leased from private owners; and (c) three emphyteutic leases and one permanent easement covering four parcels of land used by the United States as a radio station at Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Sec. 2. The Government of Haiti shall assume all obligations of the Government of the United States under said leases and easements.”

You are authorized to confer with the Brigade Commander and the appropriate Haitian authorities with a view to determining the materiel to be turned over when the evacuation takes place. In this connection reference is made to lists numbered 1 to 6, inclusive, used in your recent conversations here and copies of which you carried with you. It is of course understood that the machine guns and the Stokes mortar equipment on List No. 4 will not be turned over.

In addition there is understood to be a good deal of medical equipment and supplies which the Navy has agreed to turn over to Haiti.

  1. Law approved June 19, 1934; 48 Stat 1117.