Nearly a score of Foreign Ministers from American countries gathered in Costa Rica on Tuesday (April 13) for the first annual general assembly of the Organisation of American States.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 7): U THANT: "I want to take this opportunity of extending my very best wishes to the President and the people of Costa Rica."
(SEQ. 13): ROGERS: "As you know, this is the first meeting of the OAS that has ever been held in central America. We figure it's most appropriate that it's held here in your country, a country that's noted for democracy and freedom. I spent an hour last night with President Nixon and he recalled with great pleasure the time that he had visited Costa Rica. He told me that I would enjoy it very much. He asked me to convey his personal regards to your President, to all the members of your government and to the people of Costa Rica. So we are looking forward very much to our visit here. We hope that the meeting of the OAS will be a successful one, and we look forward to very friendly relations between our countries in the future as we have had in the past. Thank you very much for coming to the airport and meeting me and I'm looking forward to our stay here."
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Background: Nearly a score of Foreign Ministers from American countries gathered in Costa Rica on Tuesday (April 13) for the first annual general assembly of the Organisation of American States.
United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, later to surprise the assembly with a call for periodic meetings of world superpowers including the People's Republic of China, contented himself with brief words of goodwill towards Costa Rica at the airport. U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers brought a message of goodwill from President Nixon:
SYNOPSIS: San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, prepared this week to play host to top-level ministerial delegations from a score of American countries. The magnet was the first annual general assembly of the Organisation of American States.
Also among the arrivals was United Nations Secretary-General U Thant. He was later to surprise the conference by making a call for periodic meetings of all world superpowers, including the People's Republic of China. He added it was also time to admit the Chinese, the East and West Germans, the two Korean and the two Vietnam states to the United Nations. But his message at the airport was less controversial:
One of the chief talking points among Latin-American leaders was the chance of obtaining trade concessions from the United States. When U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers flew in he hinted at a future of fruitful co-operation between Washington and Latin-America. He also brought a special message to Costa Ricans:
Mr. Rogers went on to say that the policy of the United States towards the Americas is one of equality and close association. He looked forward to a programme of constructive progress on the continent.