838.51/2804: Telegram

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

6. Your 11, February 13, 11 a.m. On January 12 Blanchet sent a note to the Department stating that he had been instructed by his Government to negotiate an arrangement with a view to terminating the financial administration now exercised in Haiti under the provisions of the Agreement of August 7, 1933.

The Department is today replying to Blanchet [here follows substance of note of February 14, 1934, to the Haitian Minister, printed supra].

Your despatch 253 of February 2, 1934. Should the Haitian Government take up with you the question of having Mr. de la Rue proceed to the United States in connection with a refunding loan operation you will please inform the Haitian Government that the [Page 348] Department would prefer that a Haitian citizen be delegated to carry out such negotiations, although there would be no objection to Mr. de la Rue acting in the capacity of technical adviser to whomever the Haitian Government may delegate.

Respecting negotiations for a commercial treaty, the Department is contemplating instructing you to begin exploratory conversations with Haitian Government with a view to submitting recommendations regarding the terms of such agreement. You will be advised of the Department’s decision shortly.61

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  1. Instruction No. 142, February 20, 1934, to the Minister in Haiti, p. 310.