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
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 711.11–EI/6–1658. Confidential; Niact. Drafted by Siracusa, approved by Dulles, and signed by Rubottom.↩
- 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)↩
- 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)↩