[Dear Friend: The Carter administration is now considering a Moroccan request for purchase of a significant amount of weaponry at a time when ...]

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
September 21, 1979
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Spain
Language: English
The mailing says the Carter administration is now considering a Moroccan request for purchase of a significant amount of weaponry at a time when that country is attempting to annex Western Sahara by military force; furthermore, we understand that the U.S. is considering lifting the restriction on the use of U.S. supplied weapons in Western Sahara (a provision which Morocco has ignored for a long time). The mailing says in July at its summit meeting in Liberia, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) voted overwhelmingly (33 to 2 with a few abstentions) that self-determination has not been exercised in Western Sahara and proposed an internationally sponsored referendum to determine the will of the people. The mailing says at this moment Morocco is seeking OV-10 counter insurgency aircraft from the U.S. and Cobra helicopters. The mailing says we feel it is very important to stop this sale; letters need to be sent immediately to President Carter, Secretary Vance, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Frank Church and George McGovern, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and to the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The mailing includes A copy of a letter sent to the President and the Secretary of State The mailing discusses the International Court of Justice, the U.N. Visiting Mission, Polisario, and Spanish colonialism.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root