Memorandum by the Officer in Charge of Mexican Affairs (Rubottom) to the Director of the Office of International Trade Policy (Brown)
Subject: Termination of the Trade Agreement1 with Mexico
There is attached a Position Paper2 on the foregoing subject, which recommends:
- Joint termination of the existing trade agreement with Mexico, without concluding a most-favored-nation modus vivendi, as proposed by Mexico;3 or
- Unilateral termination by the United States in the event that there is no agreement on the foregoing basis, or that Mexico makes no practicable and definitive substitute offer promptly.
If you concur in these recommendations, MID will prepare, for clearance in the Department, an instruction to the American Embassy at Mexico City, based upon the attached Position Paper.
- The Reciprocal Trade Agreement signed at Washington, December 23, 1942. For text, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series (EAS) No. 311, or 57 Stat. (pt.2) 833.↩
- The position paper was drafted by Elizabeth M. McGrory, who was assigned to Mexican Affairs. A marginal note signed by her reads: “6/29/50 Note: Altho not initialed, this paper was approved in draft by all interested offices in the Dept, including E (not by Mr. Thorp personally), & was the basis of action subsequently taken—i.e., joint termination, announced June 23, effective Dec. 31, 1950.” Willard Thorp was Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.↩
- Mexican draft proposals of December 23, 1949, not printed.↩
- Concluded at Geneva October 30, 1947; for text, see Department of State Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 1700, or 61 Stat, (pts. 5 and 6).↩
- For documentation pertinent to termination of the United States–Colombia Trade Agreement of September 13, 1935 (49 Stat. (pt. 2) 3875), see Foreign Relations, 1949, vol. ii, pp. 603 ff.↩
Article XXIX, Section 1 is misquoted here. It is a “Draft Charter,” not “the Havana Charter,” which is mentioned in it.
The Havana Charter was signed March 24, 1948. It was not ratified by the United States, nor did it go into effect among other powers. Text is printed in Department of State, Havana Charter for an International Trade Organization and Final Act and Related Documents (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1948).
Brackets and omissions in this quotation appear in the source text.↩