882.51/968: Telegram

The Chargé in Liberia ( Bundy ) to the Secretary of State

Legation advised that French Chargé d’Affaires here sent note July 30th to the Liberian Government stating that he had been [Page 481] instructed by French Minister for Foreign Affairs as follows, translation:

“Do what is necessary in order [that Mr. Fardet,] French Receiver, may immediately begin his duties. He will only discontinue his duties at the same time his British colleague does, the day French holders of the Liberian loan shall have been reimbursed.”

Liberian Government has deferred commissioning French Receiver in keeping with suggestion Department’s cable May 20, 6 p.m. and now requests Legation to inquire whether there are any developments either resulting from Paris conference on Liberian affairs or otherwise known to Department making change of policy with reference to commissioning French Receiver advisable. If so Liberian Government asks Legation to indicate what it should do in altered circumstances. If not may Legation reiterate suggestion that Liberian Government continue to defer commissioning French Receiver?

British Receiver left Liberia in January last and has not returned.