The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Governing Board of the Pan American Union ( De Alba )

My Dear Dr. de Alba: Your letter of March 8, 1946,14 transmits a copy of the Report on the Program of the Ninth International Conference of American States approved by the Governing Board at its session of March 6.15 In accordance with this Report, I take pleasure in submitting, on behalf of my Government, the following comment on its attachment, entitled “List of Topics for Possible Inclusion in the Program of the Ninth International Conference of American States”.

It seems to this Government preferable that subtopics 1(e) and 1(f) and topic 4 be replaced by a new subtopic 1(e) to read somewhat as follows:

“(e) Urgent problems of the organization, status and relationships of various inter-American agencies.”

This would, in addition to making unnecessary the items now listed as 1(e), 1(f) and 4 by including them in its more general scope, also allow for consideration of the status of various agencies, such as the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the Emergency Advisory Committee for Political Defense, created during the war, as well as consideration of specific problems concerning procedures of coordination among specialized inter-American agencies.

Sincerely yours,

Dean Acheson
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  2. Ante, p. 30.