[Letter to Dean Rusk, Secretary of State, to make a proposal on the Congo crisis]

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
November 27, 1964 or a little later
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Belgium, China, United Nations
Language: English
Copy of a letter to Secretary of State Dean Rusk offering a proposal on the Congo crisis. The events in Stanleyville have opened a new chapter in Congo history, and the U.S. must re-assess its policy. The U.S. is now inextricably bound up with internal Congo affairs, and indeed, with the welfare of the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Moise Tshombe. A motivating factor for U. S. policy has been fear that Communist influence would gain a foothold because of the existing power vacuum in the Congo. The U.S. should call for an international pact of non-interference in the Congo, under the auspices of either the United Nations or the Organization of African Unity. A first step of American and Belgian good faith would be immediate withdrawal of paratroopers now in Stanleyville, with the agreement policed by a small international force.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections