127. Memorandum From the Secretary of State to the President1
- Inter-American Committee of Presidential Representatives
The luncheon which you are giving on Monday, September 17, to the representatives of the Presidents of the Latin American countries who are meeting with Dr. Milton Eisenhower will provide an opportunity for you to express your personal interest in the objective of developing a more effective and useful Organization of [Page 466] American States (OAS). Following the luncheon the representatives will proceed to the conference site for the opening session.
The Committee of Presidential Representatives is to meet in two sessions: a preliminary meeting from September 17–19, after which it will adjourn probably until February when it will meet again for two to three weeks. The meeting has been planned as an informal, round-table study group to encourage maximum freedom in the exchange of views. The sessions will be closed to the public and the press.
The objective of the preliminary meeting is to permit the representatives to present their ideas on the areas in which the OAS can be made a more effective instrument of economic and social cooperation and to decide on the subject matter of necessary studies and the procedure for making them. The second meeting will be devoted to a review of this preparatory work and the formulation of specific recommendations to be submitted to the Presidents.
There are enclosed some suggested points which you might wish to use in talking with the Latin American representatives. Dr. Milton Eisenhower agrees with these points.
- Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series. Confidential. Drafted by Dreier and sent through Holland to Dulles.↩