Memorandum of Conversation, by Mr. H. Gerald Smith of the Division of Commercial Policy and Agreements

Señor Chavez called to receive an aide-mémoire 16 covering a revised draft of general provisions for the proposed trade agreement with Peru. The changes incorporated in the new text, which were largely matters of style, were gone over with Señor Chavez in detail and the new draft compared with the earlier draft text handed the Peruvian Embassy on June 4, 1941.17

Señor Chavez indicated that he did not think any of the changes which had been made in the draft text would cause any difficulty with his Government …

Señor Chavez raised two points during the discussion of the new text:

In Article XI, paragraph 2, he suggested that the composition of the mixed commission might be covered in more specific language, that is, the number of members to represent each Government, etc., although Señor Chavez was willing to accept the draft in the form presented, which merely provided for the establishment of a mixed commission.
In Article XV, paragraph 3, Señor Chavez advanced the suggestion, in order to centralize consideration of all questions arising between the two Governments in connection with the operation of the agreement, that the mixed commission provided for under Article XI might consider various technical questions arising in connection with sanitary matters, etc., instead of appointing a committee of technical experts to consider each such question as it arose. Señor Chavez felt that the mixed commission would in any case have to call in technical experts on practically all questions which might arise under the operation of the agreement and matters of a sanitary, etc., character might be handled by the mixed commission in the same manner as more general questions.

I told Señor Chavez that I would pass his two suggestions on to the appropriate officers for consideration.

  1. Not printed.
  2. See aide-mmoire to the Peruvian Embassy, June 4, 1941, Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. vii, p. 543.