3. Editorial Note

On July 22, the NSC Planning Board completed NSC 5909, “U.S. Policy Toward South Asia,” a draft statement of policy on the subject which, if adopted by the NSC, was intended to supersede NSC 5701. The paper was transmitted to the NSC that same day, under cover of a memorandum by James Lay; it was scheduled for consideration by the Council at its meeting of August 6. (Department of State, S/SNSC Files: Lot 63 D 351, NSC 5909)

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NSC 5909 was discussed by the NSC at meetings on August 6 and August 18; see infra and Document 5. An amended version of the paper was approved by the President and circulated as NSC 5909/1 on August 21. NSC 5909/1 is printed as Document 6.