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Memorandum From the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon, Washington, December 10, 1969

US Government State Department


Washington, December 10, 1969

Kissinger wrote the memorandum in reaction to an article in the Washington Post on December 10 stating that the Agency for International Development (AID) was building a road which was of potential military value to the Federal forces surrounding Biafra. Kissinger told the President that the road was good for relief, but had no military value to the Federals; he thought there was reason to suspend construction and was reviewing the matter further with State and AID.

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 742, Country Files, Africa, Nigeria, Vol. I. Secret; Sensitive. There are three handwritten notes on page one: Nixon wrote, “K - I think we need another review of our policy here--We are satisfying no one--& accomplishing nothing”; Kissinger wrote, “Roger--crank up another review after talking to me. K”; and a third note states “OBE” per MR 1/16/70.” The article at Tab A and the map at Tab B are not published.

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