248. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Brazil 1

1442. Suggest you seek prompt appointment with Fonmin or President Kubitschek in your discretion to deliver and discuss aide-mémoire responding that handed Rubottom (Embtel 17002). You should include following points in aide-mémoire:

We have read Kubitschek’s aide-mémoire with keen interest and have also had a full report from Rubottom.
We are impressed with Kubitschek’s statesmanlike motivations and disassociation of US-Brazilian bilateral interests from the broader consideration of strengthening Pan-Americanism.
We agree that economic development can strengthen ability of LA nations to resist communist subversion and enable them render more effective service to Western cause. This has, in fact, long been a fundamental principle of US foreign policy.
We consider it important however emphasize parallel need for Latin American nations to fight more against forces that seek disruption of American solidarity.
We agree that a reexamination of programs devoted to strengthening Pan-Americanism is timely and suggest that general proposals contained in President Kubitschek’s aide-mémoire be further developed at diplomatic level for discussion during visit of Secretary Dulles to Rio in August.
We suggest that a meeting of Foreign Ministers, rather than a meeting of the Heads of State, might be a first step in multilateral consideration of the problems involved and that Brazilians may wish to sound the views of other States on this question with a view to further consideration during Secretary’s visit.3

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 711.11–EI/6–1658. Confidential; Niact. Drafted by Siracusa, approved by Dulles, and signed by Rubottom.
  2. Telegram 1700, June 10, transmitted the text of the aide-mémoire handed by President Kubitschek to Assistant Secretary Rubottom on that day. (ibid., 711.11—EI/ 6–1058)
  3. Ambassador Briggs handed President Kubitschek an aide-mémoire based on this telegram on June 20. Text of the aide-mémoire was transmitted to the Department in telegram 1768 from Rio de Janeiro, June 21. (ibid., 711.11-EI/6–2158)