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Department of State
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:
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).
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.
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
Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Library.