838.51/3541a: Telegram

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

8. M. Léger explained to White,19 of the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, the proposed accord and the reasons necessitating it. White expressed deep appreciation for the courtesy of the Haitian Government in consulting the Council and is going to recommend to the Board of Directors of the Council that it issue a statement supporting the plan before the bondholders. If the Board approves, this statement will be issued on Thursday. In as much as it will not be possible for the Department to issue the precise text of the exchange of notes and the accord to the press until Tuesday, and in view of the helpful attitude which the Council has taken and of its desire that release of the documents not be made until Thursday, it is hoped that the Haitian Government will be agreeable to postponing the release until that time.

You are authorized to reply to the Haitian note as set forth in your telegram no. 17, January 12, 6 p.m., and to sign the accord at once.

  1. Francis White, Executive Secretary and Vice-President of the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, Inc.