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DOMINICAN AMBASSADOR TO HAITI

Sept. 19, 1973, 10:01 p.m.

1. FONSEC GOMEZ BERGES TOLD ME YESTERDAY THAT HE HAD RECEIVED AGRE- MENT FROM THE GOH FOR GENERAL RAFAEL ADRIANO VALDEZ HILARIO AS AMBASSADOR TO HAITI. GOMEZ SAID THAT TWO PRINCIPAL CONSIDERATIONS LED TO THIS APPOINTMENT: THE PRESIDENT HAD TO FIND A JOB FOR VALDEZ WHO HAD RECENTLY BEEN RELIEVED OF HIS RESPON- SIBILITIES AS HEAD OF THE INSTITUTO AGRARIO DOMINICANO (IAD); AND THAT GENERAL VALDEZ WAS EXPERIENCED IN FRONTIER MATTERS THROUGH WHICH HE HAD ESTABLISHED A NUMBER OF CONTACTS WITH HAITIANS. WHEN I QUERIED HIM AS TO THE HAITIAN REACTION TO AN AMBASSADOR WHO WAS A MILITARY EXPERT CONCERNING THE FRONTIER, GOMEZ ACKNOW- LEDGED THAT INITIALLY THE GOH HAS HESITATED BUT THEN ACQUIESCED. HE CONFIDED THAT THE HAITIANS SEEMED TO KNOW THE SIZE AND LOCATION OF EVERY DOMINICAN ARMED FORCES UNIT, INFORMATION HE ALLEGED WAS DERIVED FROM THE THOUSANDS OF HAITIANS IN THE DR. HE EXPRESSED HIS CONVICTION THAT A MILITARY AMBASSADOR IN HAITI COULD PROVE USEFUL IN ASCERTAINING MILITARY DISPOSITION IN HAITI. 2. BIO DATA FOLLOWS. CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL PAGE 02 SANTO 03852 192232Z HURWITCH CONFIDENTIAL NNN