839.51/2003: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Santo Domingo ( Edwards ), Temporarily in Charge of the Legation in the Dominican Republic

Inform military government in answer message 1202823 that Department regrets cannot confirm military government’s interpretation United States Government’s consent issue 1918 bonds, as such interpretation would involve change treaty provisions, which executive branch this Government alone, without authority to make.

Treaty provisions apparently do not contemplate payment whole issue bonds therein mentioned prior to date maturity 1918 bonds. If prospective investors desire stronger assurance than this that collectorship will continue until such maturity, it is suggested that Dominican Government might make agreement with bankers providing that it will exert best efforts to assure such continuance by arrangement with Government United States.

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