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

139. A formal request has been received from the Haitian Government that the American Government consent to an [extension] for 1 year of the accord of July 1 [8], 1939.57 Assurances are given that revenues in excess of the amount provided in the current budget will be applied for the amortization of the 1922 loan.58 It is further requested that the Haitian Government be relieved of the token payment of 100,000 gourdes provided in the 1938 Accord.59 The note with English translation will be forwarded in Friday’s air mail.

While I believe de la Rue60 should remain here, does the Department deem it necessary that he proceed to the United States to obtain the approval of the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council so that a new accord can be negotiated?

  1. Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 150; 53 Stat. 2402.
  2. See Foreign Relations, 1922, vol. ii, pp. 472 ff.
  3. See ibid., 1938, vol. v, pp. 573 ff.
  4. Sidney de la Rue, Fiscal Representative in Haiti.