Editorial Note

On September 19, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a major address on United States inter-American policy before the Pan American Society of the United States in New York, the text of which is printed in the Department of State Bulletin, September 26, 1949, page 462. In the course of his talk, Mr. Acheson said, in reference to the Caribbean region, that “plots and counter-plots” had brought the area at times to “a state of political turmoil”, a situation which the United States condemned as “repugnant to the entire fabric of the inter-American system”. He pledged the strongest efforts of the United States to combat aggression and plotting and to defend the peace of the hemisphere.