810.20 Defense/372/17: Telegram

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

79. I have just conveyed to President Vincent the substance of the Department’s telegram No. 77, May 29, 3 p.m. His comment was as follows:

“Naturally, I fall in with your Government’s proposal but all this has already been accepted in principle. The situation is now so grave that we are way beyond the consultation stage. It is now time for action, not for words. I would much prefer proposal for concrete action for hemisphere defense in line with my frequently expressed [Page 124]recommendations for defensive establishments in the Antillean zone. Please tell your Government this and say that I greatly hope that they will not delay with consultation, but get right on to definite defense activities in this region and wherever else it is necessary.”

Mayer