Statement by George M. Houser Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
February 2, 1972
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
6 pages
Type: Testimony
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
In testimony about U.S. relations with Portugal, Houser expresses the American Committee on Africa's support for the resolution by Senator Case calling for any agreement with Portugal for military bases or foreign assistance to be submitted as a treaty to the Senate. The Azores agreement, which gives Portugal economic aid in return for a U.S. base there, should receive the most serious consideration. The Azores pact simply formalizes and strengthens U.S. support for Portuguese colonial rule. Houser says that, although the U.S. relationship with Portugal receives little attention in the U.S., it is viewed in Africa as an important indicator of U.S. sincerity in opposing racism and colonialism. Portugal is poverty-stricken, and almost 50% of annual government expenditure now goes to fight the wars in Africa. Therefore, U.S. moral, material and military aid to Portugal is crucial that country’s continuing colonial wars in Africa. Over the last few years, the U.S. government has allowed T.A.P., the Portuguese state-owned commercial airline, to purchase 12 planes from Boeing, many of them with Export-Import Bank financing. Portugal admits that its military charters T.A.P. planes for transporting men and material in and to Africa.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections