Adlai E. Stevenson, American Ambassador to the United Nations, arrived at Maiquetia Airport, Caracas, Venezuela,?
Adlai E. Stevenson, American Ambassador to the United Nations, arrived at Maiquetia Airport, Caracas, Venezuela, June 5, on the first stop of a ten-nation whirlwind economic tour of South America aimed at halting communist influence in the western hemisphere. He was met at the airport by Mr. Teodoro Moscoso, the American Ambassador, and Senor Walter Brandt, Venezuelan Chief of Protocol.
Heavily armed National Guardsmen and police were on duty at the airport, prepared for hostile demonstrations such as greeted Mr. Nixon, the then American vice-President, when he visited Caracas in 1958, but the crowd of 400-500 greet him politely.
In a later news conference Mr. Stevenson denied that the purpose of his trip was to win Latin American support for the United States action against Cuba as an implied condition to further economic aid. "My principal interest in this trip", he said, "is the economic and social development for South America". "I will of course, be glad to discuss other subjects, including Cuba, that Chiefs of State or Foreign Ministers may care to discuss".