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Determining the Facts


Transcript: State Department Memorandum
for the President.

[Note: Each page has "Secret" typed at the top and bottom, but "Unclassified" has been stamped over it.]
[Note: Each page has a stamped seal that says "The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library" indicating owner of document.
[Note: In the right-hand corner of Page 1 there is a handwritten note saying "President has seen." and it was initialed.]

Department of State
Washington

September 16, 1959

MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT

Subject: Planning for Camp David

In the meeting with Foreign Minister Gromyko this morning (memorandum of conversation enclosed) we reached agreement on a tentative plan for talks at Camp David as follows:

Saturday morning:
1. Germany and Berlin
2. Disarmament
3. Nuclear Tests

Saturday afternoon:
4. Exchanges and Contacts
5. Nuclear Reactor Information
6. Political Treaty and Other Bilateral Questions
7. Laos and Iran

Sunday morning:
8. Trade
9. Possible Summit Meeting
10. Final Communique

Mr. Gromyko indicated in addition to the Soviet group (Mr. Khrushchev, Mr. Gromyko, Ambassador Menshikov, Mr. Soldatov and Mr. Troyanovski) who would be staying at Camp David, they might wish to bring Soviet experts when specific topics were to be discussed. He mentioned only Mr. Lunkov (Germany and Berlin), Mr. Sobolev (Disarmament), Mr. Zhukov (Exchanges and Contacts), and Mr. Yemelyanov (Nuclear Reactor Information).

Declassified
Authority MR 87-193 #4
By: bc NLE Date: 8/6/87

(Page 2)

It was agreed that there would be no public announcement concerning the list of topics for discussion at Camp David, but it was also agreed that either side could raise any question at any time it wished, and that each side would prepare separate papers on each subject but would not exchange them.

It was suggested that it might be desirable to reserve Friday evening and Saturday evening for general discussions and in this connection we made reference to your discussion with Chairman Khrushchev yesterday on the subject of "International Communism".

Mr. Gromyko referred to the "Treaty of Friendship" proposed by the Soviet Government in 1956 and, at his request, this was included as a topic on the tentative list together with our mention of Other Bilateral Issues.

Mr. Gromyko inquired about our views on zones in Europe for arms limitation, etc., in relation to disarmament, to which I replied that we had in Geneva made it clear that we would discuss this subject only in relation to a reunified Germany.

If you approve, we will plan to bring up to Camp David for our side the following when the subjects indicated are scheduled to be discussed:

Disarmament, Nuclear Tests and Nuclear Reactor Information- Mr. Philip Farley of the Department, Mr. John Irwin of the Department of Defense and Mr. John McCone, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission. May wish to include Admiral Rickover who discussed reactor information in Moscow.
[Note: Beside this paragraph two handwritten notes say "also Kistiakowsky" and "McCone will not bring him"]

Laos- Assistant Secretary Parsons

Exchanges and Contracts- Ambassador Lacy of the Department and Mr. Allen of USIA

Trade- Under Secretary Dillon.

Position papers have already been prepared on all the above mentioned subjects and many others which might come up. We will provide you with special brief talking (Page 3) papers covering each of the listed topics as well as others which might be raised either by the Soviets or by ourselves. There is also a talking paper entitled "Major Themes of Khrushchev's Public and Private Statements and US Counter-arguments", which may prove useful in the general discussions which may be held on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Christian A. Herter
[signed]

Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Library.

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