230. Memorandum From the Presidentʼs Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon1 2
- World Bank Loan to Burundi
Secretary Rogers has sent you the attached memorandum (Tab I) informing you that the United States Government does not plan to object to a $4.5 million World Bank road improvement loan to Burundi. He notes that the loan in question would not represent an endorsement of the Burundi Governmentʼs persecution of Hutus [which led to possibly 200,000 deaths] and that it would be unusual for the United States to oppose a multilateral loan on political grounds. An abstention is not possible in the World Bank, where votes are taken by consensus unless someone objects.
That the United States raise no objections to the World Bankʼs proposed $4.5 million road improvement loan to Burundi.
Approve______ [checkmark here] Disapprove________
Flanigan recommends approval.
- Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 296, Memoranda to the President, December 1972. Confidential. Sent for action. The memorandum is stamped: “The President Has Seen.” The President checked “Approve” and added the following note: “But with a strong statement by the U.S. disapproving Burundiʼs genocide. The statement is to be broadly publicized. Say our not objecting to the loan does not reflect approval of their policy. K—I consider this an opportunity to get out the horrible story of what happened there.”↩
- Kissinger forwarded Rogersʼ memorandum stating that the United States did not plan to object to a World Bank loan to Burundi. The President approved on condition that a strong statement be issued condemning the genocide in Burundi.↩