810.20 Defense/371/17: Telegram

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

79. Your 76, May 30, 6 p.m. The desirability of rapid action at this juncture is fully appreciated by all executive agencies of the Government, and I believe that you will find from your conversations with the officers who will proceed shortly to Port-au-Prince that every contingency of possible interest to Haiti has been fully considered. These officers have been instructed to take up the question of air fields and installations in Haiti which will be paid for at the expense of this Government under our national defense authorizations. It would seem preferable to await the arrival of these officers before undertaking any discussions with the appropriate Haitian officials in view of the full knowledge of the details which only the officers have.