The Chairman of the American Delegation (Hull) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received December 5—8:55 a.m.]
27. After the despatch of my No. 24, December 4, 10 p.m., I learned that Saavedra Lamas99 in interview with press stated Conference approved creation special preparatory committee for a Pan American economic and commercial conference and that Conference will be expected to approve suggestion from all American Republics that proposal be made by United States to reconvene World Economic Conference.
Saavedra Lamas at first meeting steering committee without consultation suggested creation special committee for consideration of broad economic plans and stated he had various proposals to lay before such committee, specific details of which he did not give me. I neither opposed nor agreed to his proposal for formation of special economic committee (the ninth committee referred to in my December 4, 10 p.m.) and stated would be glad to give consideration to his proposals but that could not commit my Government without specific reference to Washington. He did not speak to me of any inter-American economic conference to be held after the close of this Conference nor of the reconvening of the World Economic Conference except to make some general reference to the idea. As far as concerns any action in [Page 159] this field which would extend beyond the period of this present Conference I have no intention of going beyond the creation of a standing committee to interchange information on economic matters and plans for the future.
- Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Argentine delegation.↩