810.50 Rio de Janeiro/10–2248
The Acting Secretary of State to Diplomatic Representatives in Certain American Republics 1
Discussion of Petroleum at Meeting of U.S. Economic Officers in Río de Janeiro November 1 to November 6
The Acting Secretary of State refers to the circular airgram of September 20, 19482 concerning the meeting of U.S. Economic Officers in Río de Janeiro November 1 to November 6, and encloses a paper on petroleum for the Embassy’s consideration in connection with that meeting.
Petroleum was not included on the agenda of the meeting for a general discussion on the assumption that the interest in this subject was limited to those Embassies in countries with an important existing or prospective oil industry. Petroleum is of great importance, however, to certain Latin American countries. In addition, the oil of Latin America is vital to the security of the United States. For these reasons it is considered desirable that petroleum be the subject of discussion in at least one meeting of the interested economic officers, and that in view of the possible limited interest in this subject that such meeting be an informal evening session. The enclosed paper is submitted as basis for that discussion. It is being transmitted to those Embassies considered to have a significant interest in the problem of petroleum.
It is suggested that the Embassy representative at the petroleum meeting be prepared to give a brief report on the petroleum industry and petroleum problems of the country to which he is accredited. …
Following the Río meeting, the Department desires from the Embassy a report giving its considered analysis of the petroleum industry and petroleum problems of the country to which it is accredited. …
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The Department will use this report, along with those from other Embassies, in its re-evaluation of Latin American petroleum problems and United States policy toward oil development in the Western Hemisphere.[Page 251]
- Forwarded under Form DS–4 to the Embassies in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.↩
- Not printed.↩
- Special Background Paper for Use in Discussion of Petroleum at the Río de Janeiro Conference of Economic Officers. [Footnote in the source text.]↩
- The Missions have been supplied with full information on petroleum developments within the Department, other agencies of the Government, the Congressional hearings, the documents and minutes of the inter-departmental Technical Petroleum Committee and its successor, the International Petroleum Policy Committee. The Missions have been informed also of the study made by the State, War, and Navy Departments in a special inter-departmental subcommittee of State–Army–Navy–Air Force Coordinating Committee on the subject of developing Western Hemisphere oil for Western Hemisphere defense. In connection with petroleum supply for hemispheric defense, the interested Missions have been supplied also with “Excerpts from Minutes of Plenary Session 131, February 24, 1948 of Inter-American Defense Board”, a paper prepared by Army-Navy Petroleum Board presented to Inter-American Defense Board February 24, 1948, and to the Joint Brazilian-United States Defense Commission March 10, 1948, entitled “Necessity for Developing Additional Supplies of Oil in the Western Hemisphere for Hemispheric Defense”, and Minutes of Plenary Session 133, March 16, 1948 of Inter-American Defense Board. [Footnote in the source text.]↩