710. Consultation 4/10–147

The Chargé in the Dominican Republic ( Burrows ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1185

Sir: I have the honor to report that on October 1, 1947 La Nación of Ciudad Trujillo carried the text of President Trujillo’s note to the President of the Dominican Senate submitting to the Senate for its approval and ratification the Inter-American Agreement signed at Rio de Janeiro on September 2, 1947; a clipping is enclosed.

Although a full translation of the President’s note has not been made, the following few paragraphs in free translation may be of some interest to the Department:

“At the Rio de Janeiro Conference, the Dominican delegation devoted all of its efforts, in accordance with the instructions which I gave it, and with the traditional policy of my government of collaborating with the others of the continent in everything that might tend to perfect the juridicial system of peace of the peoples of America, to the end that the treaty might correspond to the high objectives contemplated at Chapultepec and to the realistic proposal of making the treaty as effective as possible as an instrument of security and peace.

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“From the preceding, it may be observed that the treaty in question gives positive expression to the principles of Inter-American solidarity and cooperation repeatedly proclaimed in Inter-American conferences and meetings; it is in agreement in all particulars with the Constitution of the Republic and in harmony with the traditional policy of the Dominican Government, characterized always by the [Page 89] desire for an intimate and balanced cooperation in the field of international relations, as much in times of peace as in those when there has been aggression against a country of the Americas.

“The treaty in all of its articles and in its preamble is in accord finally with the proposals and principles of the United Nations.

“On the basis of all that I have said I have the firm conviction that the Honorable Congress will find it convenient to approve the transcendental document which I am submitting for its high consideration and that the Dominican Republic will not hesitate to accept the responsibilities which may derive from its contents, in accordance with the spirit of cooperation and peace which has always characterized its foreign policy.”

Respectfully yours,

Charles R. Burrows