116. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1


  • The Secretary of State
  • Secretary of the Treasury
  • Administrator of the Agency for International Development


  • Additionality

The President is anxious to make a positive gesture toward Latin America during the Inter-American Economic and Social Council meeting next week.2 He believes that the elimination of additionality requirements from our economic assistance programs would be a very helpful step which we could easily take. To this end, he has directed that such action be taken in time for the decision to be announced at the IA-ECOSOC meeting June 18.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, S/S Files: Lot 73 D 288, NSC/Misc. Confidential. A copy was sent to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget.
  2. The Sixth Annual Inter-American Economic and Social Council meeting was held in Trinidad June 18-23, 1969. In his Ministerial address on June 20, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Meyer announced that, effective immediately, additionality requirements in U.S. aid were discontinued. Current Economic Developments, Issue No. 834, June 24, 1969, pp. 1-6, contains a report on the IA-ECOSOC meeting. (National Archives, RG 59, E/CBA/REP Files: Lot 70 D 467) Abolition of the additionality requirements was one plank in the Consensus of Vina del Mar presented by Chilean Foreign Minister Valdes to President Nixon on June 11. (Ibid., S/S Files: Lot 73 D 288, NSC/Misc.)