Editorial Note

In a series of circular telegraphic instructions in mid-September, the Department of State established the basis for initiating formal discussions with governments interested in and qualified for receiving technical assistance under the Point IV program (actually informal [Page 869] discussion had gone on for over a year, since President Truman’s inaugural address on January 20, 1949).

Somewhat later (November 21), the Department communicated to the Missions the draft of an instrument which had been formulated for the conclusion of agreements of technical assistance cooperation between this Government and other governments on a bilateral basis; earlier (October 10) the Department had transmitted to the Missions a statement regarding the negotiating principles underlying the draft.

Following is the documentation described herein.