142. Letter From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom) to the Chairman of the Council on Foreign Economic Policy (Randall)1
Dear Mr. Randall : As Chairman of the Council’s Subcommittee to prepare for the Economic Conference of the Organization of American States, convening in Buenos Aires on August 15, 1957, I am pleased to report that the Subcommittee is nearing completion of its deliberations. In accordance with your request,2 there is attached for consideration by the Council a brief memorandum about (a) the major issues which we expect to be discussed at the Conference and (b) the suggested position of the United States delegation on each.
We believe that the leading topics of the Conference will be the same as, or very similar to, those that persistently recur at inter-American meetings on economic subjects.
The United States policies on major issues in inter-American economic relations have become well established and widely known. The recommended United States positions for the Buenos Aires Conference follow the familiar lines.
The attached memorandum by no means contains a complete list of topics, but only those that we believe will be the principal and possibly the most controversial ones. Also, the indicated United States positions are no more than the essence, for in the preparation of position papers careful attention is being given to an elaboration explaining our policies and describing accomplishments to date.
The Subcommittee has not had an opportunity to read the attached memorandum, but the statements of United States positions [Page 514] do, I believe, faithfully reflect the substance of the Subcommittee’s opinion.
Under Secretary Burgess and Deputy Under Secretary Dillon have been kind enough to go over the memorandum, and they have expressed their general concurrence. Any observations or directives that you or members of the Council care to make will be most welcome.3
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 365/7–2457. Official Use Only. Drafted by Sanders.↩
- The request was conveyed to Rubottom by Randall during a meeting at the Department of State on June 12; a memorandum of conversation of the meeting is ibid., 365/6–1257.↩
- The attached memorandum, designated CFEP 535/1 and distributed to Council members on July 25, was approved at the Council’s 61st meeting, held in the Executive Office Building, August 1.↩
- Printed from a copy which bears this typed signature.↩
- A much more detailed paper, entitled “Proposed U.S. Position on Subjects That Might Come up at the Buenos Aires Conference”, keyed to the Conference agenda, was also prepared in the Department of State. An undated copy, with no drafting information, is in Department of State, OAS Files: Lot 60 D 665, BAEC—Pending File: Memos to Rubottom.↩
- Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act, enacted July 10, 1954; for text, see 68 Stat. 454.↩