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HAITI TO IMPORT SUGAR

Aug. 21, 1973, 8:10 p.m.

1. FOLLOWING IN TRANSLATION IS TEXT OF FIRST PERSON DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS NOTE DATED AUGUST 10 (RECEIVED BY EMBASSY AUGUST 21, 1973) REGARDING FORTHCOMING HAITIAN SUGAR IMPORTS: "I HAVE THE HONOR TO INFORM YOU OF THE FACT THAT THE REPUBLIC OF HAITI WILL BE OBLIGED TO IMPORT SEVERAL THOUSAND TONS OF BROWN SUGAR (SUCRE POPULAIRE) DURING THE COURSE OF THE NEXT WEEKS. "THE DROUGHT HAVING AFFECTED THE CUL-DE-SAC PLAIN WHERE A LARGE ACREAGE IS PLANTED IN CANE, AS WELL AS AN EXTRAORDINARY INCREASE IN CONSUMPTION EXPLAINS THIS UNEXPECTED SITUATION. "THE HAITIAN GOVERNMENT HAS NEVERTHELESS ATTEMPTED TO RESPECT ITS OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING THE SUPPLY OF SUGAR TO THE AMERICAN MARKET. ALL EXPORTS POSSIBLE HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED DURING THE CURRENT YEAR. "I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD BRING THE PRECEDING TO THE ATTENTION OF CONCERNED AUTHORITIES UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED PAGE 02 PORT A 01425 212051Z IN THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO ASSURE THAT THE ALLOCATION OF A SUGAR QUOTA TO HAITI IN THE AMERICAN MARKET WILL NOT SUFFER FROM THE IMPORTS OF SUGAR BY THE REPUBLIC OF HAITI. "I THANK YOU FOR THE ATTENTION THAT YOU WILL SURELY ACCORD TO THIS AND ASK YOU PLEASE TO INFORM ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OF THE RESULT OF YOUR DEMARCHES. "(COMPLIMENTARY CLOSE)" 2. COPY OF NOTE IN FRENCH BEING POUCHED TO ARA/CAR. 3. EMBASSY WOULD APPRECIATE BING NOTIFIED AS TO THE EFFECT THESE IMPORTS WILL HAVE ON HAITI'S QUOTA IN ORDER THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MAY BE APPROPRIATELY INFORMED. CORCORAN UNCLASSIFIED NNN