SUBJ.: My discussions in Washington on January 22 and 23
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
February 7, 1963
Confidential memorandum by George M. Houser to members of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) Executive Board. Houser spoke with Wayne Fredericks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Congressman Barratt O'Hara, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa; George High on the Angola and Mozambique desk of the State Department; James Thompson, Chester Bowles' executive assistant; Samuel Belk of the White House staff working under McGeorge Bundy; Robert Oakley of the International Organizations section of the State Department working on African affairs; Ed Mulcahey of the Central African Federation desk; Jesse McKnight, Deputy Director of the Office of Eastern and Southern African Affairs; Walter Pincus of Senator Fulbright's staff, and others. ACOA is the primary whipping boy for both the Portuguese and the South African Governments, the memo says. ACOA’s name has come up frequently in the Azores negotiations, for example. Houser said he was told that Eric Louw, the Minister of External Affairs of the South African Government, called Chester Bowles to protest that his wife was listed on ACOA’s letterhead. It is expected that the foreign aid bill will have a difficult time in Congress and that Africa will probably suffer. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is beginning hearings early in February on U.S. agencies lobbying on behalf of foreign governments. The first week of these hearings will include State and Justice Department witnesses. There was a general feeling that the Congo operation had gone better than might have been expected and that only a few lives had been lost, according to available data. The memorandum discusses issues related to the Portuguese territories, Holden Roberto, President Kennedy, the Katanga problem, Angolan rebels, the boarder between the Congo and Angola, and Moïse Tshombe.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections