838.516/282: Telegram

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

28. Your 42, May 11, 1 p.m., and letter to Wilson of May 10, with enclosures.73

1.
In paragraph “d” of letter “A” the following changes should be made: In the fourth line of the paragraph the phrase “the Director of the Bank” should be replaced by “the Board of Directors of the Bank”. The same change should be made in lines 10 and 12 of paragraph “D” and appropriate changes in line 13. Otherwise, letter “A” is satisfactory.
2.
Letter “B” with memorandum satisfactory.
3.
The proposed draft of treaty seems to us unsatisfactory and we suggest a treaty in following terms:

Treaty of Relations Between the United States of America and the Republic of Haiti

Whereas the Haitian Legislature has voted the Law of Sanctions dated May, 1934, approving the acquisition of ownership and the organization by the Government of Haiti of the National Bank of the Republic of Haiti; and

Whereas the Government of Haiti has communicated by letter of its Minister of Foreign Affairs dated May, 1934, to the American Minister at Port-au-Prince, copy of which letter is appended hereto as an integral part of this treaty, the intention of the Government of Haiti to confer upon the National Bank of the Republic of Haiti certain powers and duties and to maintain them in full force and effect, without modification, for the purpose of assuring the service of the loan of 1922 as set forth in the aforementioned letter of May, 1934, until such time as all bonds issued under the loan contracts of 1922 shall have been amortized or repaid; and

Whereas the President of the United States of America and the President of the Republic of Haiti being desirous of strengthening the relations of friendship existing between their two countries and to that end of concluding a convention maintaining those relations upon a basis of mutual understanding and cooperation have named as their respective plenipotentiaries, that is to say:

The President of the United States of America;

The Honorable Norman Armour, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America at Port-au-Prince; and

The President of the Republic of Haiti,

Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following Articles:

article i

When the Government of Haiti shall have enacted the necessary measures to place in full force and effect the provisions set forth in [Page 358]the aforementioned letter of May, 1934, the Treaty of September 16, 1915, and the Protocol of October 3, 1919,74 shall cease to have effect. Notice of such enactment shall be given in writing by the Government of Haiti to the American Minister at Port-au-Prince.

article ii

The present treaty shall be ratified by the Government of the United States of America and by the Government of Haiti in conformity with their respective laws and the ratifications shall be exchanged in the City of Washington as soon as may be possible.

In witness whereof, the respective plenipotentiaries have signed the present treaty and have affixed thereto their seals.

Done at Port-au-Prince, in duplicate, in the English and French languages, on the day of May, in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-four.”

4.
We also suggest an exchange of notes providing that upon entrance into effect of the new treaty, the Haitianization Agreement of August 5, 1931, and Section II of the Agreement of August 7, 1933, shall cease to have effect.
Hull
  1. Letter of May 10, 1934, not printed.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1919, vol. ii, p. 347.