116. Editorial Note

Assistant Secretary Holland and his colleagues in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs believed the Panama meeting should produce some tangible result. In June and early July, they discussed a variety of proposals which could be presented by the President in his speech and could serve as justification for the meeting. Holland’s colleagues reacted favorably to his suggestion outlined in a memorandum of July 8 that the President propose the establishment of a Presidential committee to review activities of the OAS in the economic field. Holland’s July 8 memorandum to Rubottom, Turkel, Dreier, Randall, and Bernbaum and additional documentation on their discussions are in Department of State, OAS Files: Lot 60 D 665, President’s Committee to Review Activities of the OAS in the Economic Field to September 1956, hereafter cited as President’s Committee to September 1956.