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SENATOR BROOKE ON PL 480 TITLE I PROGRAM FOR HAITI

Feb. 20, 1975, 4:26 p.m.

1. IN COURSE OF MY FEB 14-17 STAY WITH SENATOR BROOKE AT ST. MARTIN, I BRIEFED SENATOR ON DEFINITIONAL PROBLEM POSED BY FOOD PRODUCTION/NEEDS DATA IN FAO REPORT (REFTEL). I STRESSED THAT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS PL 480 TITLE I PROGRAM FOR HAITI WERE BASED ON HUMANITARIAN CONSIDERATIONS AND DESIGNED TO HELP THIS HARD PRESSED LDC MEET SEVERE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS NEEDS TO FINANCE ESSENTIAL NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS. I SAID EMBASSY WAS PREPARING RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS POSED BY COMMITTEE STAFF AND THAT THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK. 2. SENATOR COMMENTED THAT PL 480 TITLE I PROGRAM SEEMED ENTIRELY CONSISTENT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS OF HIS APRIL 1974 REPORT FOR SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. HE SAID HE WOULD DISCUSS MATTER WITH COMMITTEE STAFF UPON RETURN TO WASHINGTON FEB. 18. 3. COMMENT: ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT DISCUSS ISSUE AT LENGTH, I HAD IMPRESSION THAT THE SENATOR WAS WELL DISPOSED TOWARD PL 480 TITLE I PROGRAM FOR HAITI AS JUSTIFIED BOTH BY COUNTRY'S NEED AND BY GOVERNMENT'S SELF-HELP EFFORTS. LIMITED OFFICIAL USE LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 02 PORT A 00392 201713Z ISHAM LIMITED OFFICIAL USE NNN