838.00N/40: Telegram

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

111. Department’s cable 98, June 26, 7 p.m. I shall be glad to go over the whole situation when I come up at the end of this month. However, in view of the authorized statement by Minister Wilson at Montevideo73 that it is our policy to cooperate fully with all the other American Governments in crushing all activities that arise from non-American sources, I feel strongly that I should be authorized immediately to give positive answers to the requests which President Vincent made to Colonels Del Valle and Randolph, my despatch No. 887, June 13.74 As indicated in my telegram No. 16 [106], July 5, 2 p.m.,75 our silence is at least partly responsible for the present attitude of President Vincent and his apparent indisposition to cooperate fully.

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With regard to attitude of suggested enactment of new legislation with respect to citizenship and aliens I feel that it is inopportune to make these suggestions. Once we have dealt affirmatively with the requests of President Vincent, I believe that these and other measures would follow as a matter of course.

  1. Delivered at an official luncheon in honor of Captain Wickham of the U. S. S. Quincy, June 23, 1940. See Department of State Bulletin, July 20, 1940, p. 35.
  2. Not printed. President Vincent had requested material aid to strengthen Haitian armed forces, the establishment of American air bases and/or naval bases in Haiti, and the immediate despatch to Haiti of American counter-espionage agents (810.20 Defense/308/14)
  3. Not printed.