262. Memorandum From President Kennedy to the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (Hamilton)1


  • British Guiana

I wish immediate steps to be taken to get an economic mission to British Guiana by February 15 and to expand technical assistance to the level of $1.5 million. I am also requesting immediate action to intensify our observations of political developments in British Guiana and by this and other means extend our program of reinsurance in case the situation should show signs of going sour.

Could you report to me as soon as possible concerning your action on this matter.2

  1. Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Countries Series, British Guiana II. Secret.
  2. Printed from an unsigned copy.