[The Bizerte crisis has given the United States another opportunity]

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
August 18, 1961 or a little later
1 page
Coverage in Africa: Tunisia
Coverage outside Africa: United States, France, United Nations
Language: English
Copy of a letter sent to President John F. Kennedy. The letter says the Bizerte crisis has given the United States another opportunity, under admittedly difficult circumstances, to take the leadership and initiative; when the special session of the General Assembly of the United Nations meets on August 21, we will again have a chance to stop equivocating (which wins us no friends at all) and to take a forthright position; we realize that it is not easy for the United States to speak sharply to an ally such as France; yet we believe that this must be done clearly and unmistakably if French intransigence is not, in the words of the London Observer, to cause the West to hold a base and lose a nation. The letter says the issue is quite clear to us. Bizerte is Tunisian territory on fifteen occasions since Tunisian independence in 1956, President Bourguiba has called upon France to leave Bizerte and to provide a timetable for this departure. [Note: the actual letter must have been sent on American Committee on Africa letterhead. This was a version for distribution.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections