78. Memorandum From Secretary of State Vance to President Carter1


  • Military Aid to Zaire

President Mobutu has requested our help in funding the importation of petroleum products to meet emergency military needs arising from the invasion of the Shaba. In an average month, Zaire spends roughly $12 million on POL imports. I believe that we should be responsive in a measured way to this request, authorizing the Zairian government to utilize up to $1 million of the remaining $6 million FY 76 Transitional Quarter FMS monies. Of course, we will want to consult with the Congress before any action is taken.


1. That you agree that Zaire can draw down up to $1 million for POL military purposes from its remaining FY 76 Transitional Quarter FMS monies.2

  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 87, Zaire: 1–12/77. Secret.
  2. Brzezinski checked the “Approve” option and wrote underneath it, “by ZB for the President (as authorized).”