Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State to President Truman
Memorandum for the President
In the attached memorandum, the Interdepartmental Committee on Trade Agreements recommends proposing to the Mexican Government that representatives of the two Governments consider the advisability of their taking joint action to conclude currently unfinished negotiations for the revision of Schedule I of the existing trade agreement, and to terminate the United States-Mexican trade agreement signed December 23, 1942.1 This action, suggested procedure for which is outlined in the memorandum, is recommended because of the likelihood that no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached.
The Committee has been reluctant to recommend the termination of the agreement, and is ready to give full consideration to any practicable substitute procedure which the Mexican Government may wish to propose. The Committee would consider unilateral denunciation of the agreement only as a final United States position should exploration of all other available means of settling the apparent impasse in our trade-agreement negotiations be without result.
The Committee requests your approval of its suggested course of action, and I concur in this request.2
- Text in Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 311, and 57 Stat. 833.↩
- The Department of State file copy bears the notation: “Approved Harry S. Truman”.↩
- For pertinent documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1947, vol. viii, pp. 772 ff.↩
- See ibid., 1948, vol. ix, pp. 641 ff.↩
- The text of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) is contained in TIAS 1700, and 61 Stat. (pts. 5–6). Documentation on U.S. participation is contained in volume i.↩
- For the text of an announcement by the Department of State on June 23, 1950 on an exchange of notes between the United States and Mexico terminating the 1942 trade agreement effective after December 31, 1950, see Department of State Bulletin, August 7, 1950, p. 215.↩