A STATEMENT ON AMERICAN POLICY TOWARDS RHODESIA
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
November 18, 1965
American Committee on Africa
The statement says those measures announced by Ambassador Goldberg were: 1. recall of the U.S. Consul General from Salisbury 2. ending the small sugar quota 3. suspend Government loans and credits and warn investors of the risks involved 4. and discourage tourism to Rhodesia. The statement says nothing has been said about the bulk of US trade with Rhodesia; American imports from that country totalled about $11 million last year; more than half was made up of chrome and asbestos; other imports included Turkish-type tobacco and lithium. The statement says exports to Rhodesia, on which the Government has apparently placed no embargo, amounted to approximately $24 million, about half of which consisted of agricultural and road machinery; another major export was trucks; the Ford Motor Company of Canada, largely controlled by U.S. Ford, has an assembly plant in Rhodesia. The statement says if our government was determined to apply economic pressure to the extent we are able, we would have stopped trade in minerals and equipment, the major items exchanged between the United States and Rhodesia. The statement includes a quote by Ambassador Goldberg. The statement discusses the Security Council, Export Control Act, the Trading with the Enemy Act, and Ian Smith.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections