340. Memorandum From the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Smith) to the President’s Special Assistant (Moyers)1
Washington, March 1, 1965.
- U.S. Pledge to the UN Expanded Program of Technical Assistance and the Special Fund
- As per our phone conversation on Saturday,2 here is the memo from Dean Rusk to the President,3 which came to us on Friday and which recommends that we proceed to make our pledge ($60 million) for calendar year 1965 to two UN development programs. The pledge, which normally would have been made in November 1964, was held up to provide us with leverage in the Article 19 negotiations.
- With the General Assembly adjourned and with the Article 19 discussions deferred, I agree that we probably have to go ahead with the pledge. At the same time it might be worthwhile to emphasize to State that they should be careful to explain this one publicly in such a way as to minimize the possibility of a charge that our pledge means that we have given up on Article 19. Accordingly, unless you have any objections, I will pass this word to State if and when you get the President’s approval on the Rusk memorandum.
Bromley Smith 4