244. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Belgium1

374. Brussels 349;2 Deptel 352.3 Know you will keep Dept fully informed regarding “hard look” at Congo which GOB is expected take this coming week.

With respect to rockets, you are authorized make new démarche, in manner which you regard as most appropriate, along following lines:

1)In line with SpaakHarriman talks, it is expected GOB will continue assume responsibility for furnishing ammo support including rockets to Congo operations.

2)GOB should arrange transport of same to Congo. US airlift should be requested only in genuine emergency.

3)Suggested US-Belgian-Congolese talks in Leopoldville should be best means resolving:

a) continuing requirements and transport for rockets and other ammo.

b) rules of engagement for pilots carrying rockets.

c) investigation of charges “trigger-happy” pilots.

In interim DOD sending rocket supply to Congo but this supply will be terminated as soon as we can return to original understanding of Belgian supply.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, DEF 12 THE CONGO. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Hoffacker and John R. Clingerman of AFC; cleared by O’Sullivan, Williams, Colonel Gall, Davis, and Harriman; and approved by Palmer. Repeated to Leopoldville.
  2. Dated August 28. (Ibid.)
  3. Dated August 27. (Ibid., DEF 19–3 BEL–THE CONGO)