LATIN AMERICA - 6. SEVEN COUNTRIES ABSTAIN ON CUBAN RESOLUTION BEFORE COMMITTE

Created: 9/15/1960

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LATIN AMERICA

Countries Abstain oa Cuban ResolutionA grandiose Cuban proposal on economicPresented to the just-concluded third meeting of the inter-American Coomittee ofn Bogota was defeated byut drew abstentions from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil fci Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, and Venezuela. The proposal called lor the creationillion developraentfund for Latinto cotneentirely from the United States. The US delegation attributes thefor those of Argentina andsubstantial pressure from pro-Cuban elements on the respective governments. Argentina's abstention seemedwhile Brazil's was due to theoftheadedness of its chief delegate, Augusto Fredericoccordine to tbe US Embassy in Bogota.

Argentine delegate Musich's explanation of his abstention was that Argentina could never join in an intervention against any country in the hemisphere; in other words, he may have feltote against the Cuban resolution might be considered joining with the US to bring pressure on Cuba. While Argentina might have decided that joining the other major Latin American nations would prevent its being further isolated from influence in the increasingly intertwined problems of Cuba and economic development, Musich's explanation contradicts Argentina's prior criticism of Cuba and its strong support of US positions in the recent OAS meetings in San Jose.

The final Act of Bogota, which outlines economic anddevelopment programs for Latin America, was signed oneptember.

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