118. Circular Telegram From the Secretary of State to All Diplomatic Missions in the American Republics1

37. President Eisenhower considering proposing in speech at Panama each American President name personal and trusted representative to join in preparing concrete recommendations for making OAS more effective instrument in those fields of cooperative effort that affect the welfare of our peoples. Presidents could look to these representatives for practical suggestions in economic, financial, social and technical fields which OAS might usefully adopt.

You may discuss this proposal in strict confidence with President your country to ascertain whether he has any objection since President Eisenhower would like to put proposal forward as idea viewed favorably by Presidents meeting Panama.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 361/7–1856. Secret. Drafted by Memminger and approved by Holland.