247. Memorandum From the Secretary of State to the President1
- President Kubitschek’s Proposal to Strengthen Pan-Americanism
Your letter of June 5, 1958, to President Kubitschek,2 as well as your decision to have Assistant Secretary Rubottom deliver it personally, has been favorably commented upon and was cordially welcomed by President Kubitschek.
In his conversation with Mr. Rubottom, President Kubitschek stressed his belief that the problem of underdevelopment will have to be solved if Latin American nations are to be able more effectively to resist subversion and serve the Western cause. He proposed a meeting of the Heads of the American States to consider this problem, and handed Mr. Rubottom an aide-mémoire setting forth his ideas in more detail. A summary of this aide-mémoire is enclosed for your information.
Mr. Rubottom made no commitment while expressing the opinion that some other form of consultation, probably a meeting of Foreign Ministers, would also be effective and should in any case precede a meeting of Presidents, if such were to be held.
I believe that President Kubitschek’s aide-mémoire should be answered promptly, through normal diplomatic channels, as a means of retaining the initiative on this matter, buoying up Brazilian enthusiasm and preventing harmful speculation.
I have accordingly instructed Ambassador Briggs to respond to President Kubitschek in a way which would encourage continued bilateral consultations with Brazil, pending my trip there in August. We also suggest that the question of a meeting of the Heads of State be held in abeyance pending further discussions and particularly pending [Page 686] consideration, along with the other American Republics, of a meeting of Foreign Ministers.3
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 732.11/6–2058. Confidential. Drafted by Siracusa on June 18.↩
- See Document 244.↩
- A note dated June 20, attached to the source text, states that Brigadier General Goodpaster, called for and received confirmation from the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State that nothing was expected of President Eisenhower in connection with the last two paragraphs of this memorandum.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this stamped signature.↩
- See Document 242.↩
- Telegram 1754 from Rio de Janeiro, June 20, transmitted the text of an address given that day by President Kubitschek in which he suggested a Pan-American summit meeting to consider proposals for investing in backward areas, expanding technical assistance, and increasing the resources of international lending institutions and liberalizing their statutes. (Department of State, Central Files, 732.11/6–2058)↩