444. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Congo1

564. Leo’s tels 915 and 921.2

1. Dept concerned by implication that Kasavubu’s redesignation Kimba3 may result in strong-arm tactics to assure Parliamentary approval. Chain reaction could be set off with grave repercussions for all Congo.

2. For Leopoldville: In your talks with protagonists, you should indicate seriousness with which US views potential for violence. Collapse in public order could endanger foreign assistance to GDRC and increase level rebel activity. You should stress necessity coping with financial and economic problems and rehabilitation liberated areas as essential priorities for all political leaders, failing which we can foresee increased internal disorder.

3. For Elisabethville: Trust you will continue watch carefully for signs local reactions and counsel moderation with local officials as situation warrants.

4. For Brussels: Request that US concern and line taken be discussed with GOB in order elicit Belgian assessment of situation and steps it may have in mind.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, POL 15–1 THE CONGO. Confidential. Drafted by Berlind; cleared by Stearns of S/AH, Walsh of S/S, Anderson, and Brown; approved by Williams. Repeated to Brussels, Elisabethville, Bukavu, and CINCSTRIKE for POLAD Honolulu.
  2. Both dated November 16. (Ibid.)
  3. On November 14, the Congolese Parliament voted to reject the Kimba government. On November 16, Kasavubu asked Kimba to try again to form a government.