President Kennedy met separately Wednesday (March 20) with six Latin American presidents...winding up the three-day?
President Kennedy met separately Wednesday (March 20) with six Latin American presidents...winding up the three-day Costa Rican Conference on Central American affairs.Mr.Kennedy was scheduled to fly back to Washington Wednesday night from San Jose, Costa Rica's capital.
Each of the six chiefs of state...presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama...were expected to discuss individual pet projects with the North American president.Cuba was also a prime topic in the conversations...each about a half hour long.
On Tuesday (19 March)...Mr.Kennedy joined with the six in a declaration expressing confidence that the Castro regime in Cuba would soon fall.The declaration also pledged the seven to accelerate economic and social gains in Central America as the best weapon to fight Communist subversion from Cuba.
Meanwhile, enthusiastic crowds of Costa Ricans continued to gather wherever President Kennedy went in San Jose.He attended mass at the Cathedral of San Jose Tuesday.The Archbishop of Costa Rica said a special St.Joseph's Day prayer for the president's father, Joseph Kennedy, former U-S Ambassador to Great Britain.
The obvious sympathy for the U-S in Costa Rica was demonstrated by the relatively light security measures in the streets.The huge crowds that followed Mr.Kennedy were never hostile or unruly.On the contrary...they were happily-cheering people.
The National Theater has been the site of the presidential conferences.Between sessions...Mr.Kennedy spoke at a housing project financed by the Alliance for progress.Secretary of State Dean Rusk...who also has been at San Jose...said some of the Central American leaders were surprised at the extent of American military commitments in the Caribbean.But some reportedly are unhappy that the United States apparently in unwilling to go farther to bring Castro down.