The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Cuba (Messersmith)

No. 125

Sir: With reference to your despatch no. 42822 and confirming telephone conversations which you have had with officers of the Department relative to the proposed consultative meeting of foreign ministers at Habana, you are requested to bring to the attention of the Cuban Secretary of State at such time as in your discretion it may appear appropriate the following points as expressing the views of the Department on this subject:

The proposed meeting to be held at Habana in the near future should not be restricted to a consideration of the question of the possessions of non-American nations in the western hemisphere. It is assumed that an agenda for the meeting will, as in the case of the Panama meeting, be approved by the Governing Board of the Pan American Union, and that this agenda will be sufficiently broad in scope so as to permit the presentation of projects in relation to all phases of the problems currently confronting the American republics. The Department considers that this meeting will be the “future meeting” provided for in the pertinent resolution adopted at Panama and consequently that the delegations present thereat will have complete liberty of action in regard to the details of any subsequent meetings for which it may be desired to make provision.
When final agreement is reached by all the American republics as to the date of the Habana meeting, it is hoped that Dr. Campa will extend the necessary formal invitations to the foreign ministers of the other republics.
The Department is deeply appreciative of the splendidly cooperative attitude demonstrated by Dr. Campa in relation to the preparations for the meeting and feels confident that the arrangements he is making will insure a successful gathering.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles
  1. Dated June 18, p. 183.