638.5131/64: Telegram

The Chargé in Haiti ( Chapin ) to the Secretary of State

49. Department’s telegram No. 21, June 20, 2 p.m. I today communicated substance of the Department’s telegram to President Vincent and left memorandum.

He thanked me very much and desires me to express his appreciation of the Department’s continued efforts in behalf of Haiti. He stated that word had just been received from the Haitian Minister in Paris to the effect that the French Government had declined to reconsider its position, that an understanding on the resumption of the [Page 663] 1910 loan service in gold francs must be agreed to before a new commercial agreement can be considered with Haiti. The President added that the Haitian Government nevertheless was making overtures to the French Legation here with respect to a new trade agreement although in view of French attitude as officially reported he was not satisfied as to the result. He did not specify upon what basis these overtures are being made. The President added that he was counting on the assistance of the Department of State as respects the French demand for the gold service of the 1910 loan.