231. Memorandum From the Presidentʼs Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to Secretary of State Rogers and Secretary of the Treasury Schultz1 2


  • IBRD Loan to Burundi

The President has reviewed the Secretary of Stateʼs memorandum of December 1, 1972 concerning an IBRD loan for Burundi. He agrees with the recommendation of the Secretary of State that the United States Executive Director not oppose the loan in the IBRD Executive Board.

However, at the time of the vote, our Executive Director is to issue a strong statement deploring the genocide which occurred in Burundi earlier this year. He is to emphasize that our failure to oppose the loan must in no way be interpreted as approval for the policies of the Burundi Government. The President wishes our Executive Directorʼs statement to be broadly publicized.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 296, Memoranda to the President, December 1972. Confidential. Haig signed the memorandum for Kissinger.
  2. Kissinger informed Rogers and Schultz of the Presidentʼs approval regarding the World Bank loan and his condition that a strong statement be issued condemning the genocide.