143. Editorial Note

On July 3 the Department of State sent instruction CA–88 to all diplomatic missions in Latin America. This instruction contained the Department’s comments on the Draft General Economic Agreement prepared by the Preparatory Committee for the Buenos Aires Economic Conference (Inter-American Economic and Social Council), including amendments proposed by the United States. All posts were instructed to approach the governments to which they were accredited “to obtain a preliminary exchange of views, in order to facilitate and expedite the treatment of this subject at the Conference.” (Department of State, Central Files, 365/7–357) A summary of the positions of the Latin American governments regarding the Draft General Economic Agreement, dated August 15, and specific replies to the Department’s CA–88, are ibid., OAS Files: Lot 60 D 665, Box 178, BAEC—General Economic Convention.