JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY PRESIDENTIAL RECORDING LOG TAPE 83: MLF; INDIA AND PAKISTAN; GERMANY; MIDDLE EAST/JORDAN; HAITI Released 7/2004 4/24/63, 4/25/63, 4/26/63, 4/27/63 199 minutes Status: Declassified in Part: Twenty-nine excisions totaling 8 minutes 5 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 12958 Description, MLF, 4/24/63 Meeting: This meeting begins after approximately 48 minutes of office noises and conversations. This 4/24/63 meeting was arranged for John McNaughton and Admiral Ricketts to report to the President on their talks with the Germans and with SHAPE military officials on the MLF. The ongoing issues which are discussed in detail are force size, the manning of the ships, the possibility of submarines being used, the control, security and custody of the weapons. Description, India and Pakistan, 4/25/63 Meeting: This 4/25/63 meeting is an assessment of the present situation with India and Pakistan, including the sensitive issue of military aid, air squadrons to India and the reaction of the Pakistan officials. addition the political issues with the US Congress, who are opposed to aid to India at this point, are also discussed. Near the meetingâ€™s end, the President takes a phone call from UK Ambassador David Ormsby Gore on the nuclear test ban and Averill Harrimanâ€™s meeting. Description, Germany, 4/26/63 (Ambassador Dowling): On 4/26/63, the President meets with outgoing US Ambassador to Germany, Walter C. Dowling, to discuss Germany. The President wants Dowlingâ€™s opinion on the Presidentâ€™s upcoming trip to Germany, the possibility of the comparison between DeGaulleâ€™s trip to Germany and the Presidentâ€™s trip and even the political necessity of having Chancellor Adenauer accompany him. After Ambassador Dowling leaves, the President speaks briefly with Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric by phone. Description, Jordan, 4/27/63: This 4/27/63 meeting examines the fluid situation taking place in Jordan involving a possible coup. The President is very concerned with the ability of the situation in the Middle East to escalate quickly and he instructs the staff to contact all other parties involved in the regionâ€”although the concentration is on Israel and UAR. The meeting also involves a discussion on the courses of action by the United States including a possible security guarantee. Description, Haiti: This meeting is undated, although from the discussion (the Haiti request of 4/26/63 to remove the US Naval Mission from Haiti) the date is most likely the 27th. There is no matching Haiti meeting in the Presidentâ€™s Appointment Books.
Identified Participants Listing: MLF 4/24/63: President John F. Kennedy; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; George Ball, Under Secretary of State; William R. Tyler, Assistant Secretary for European Affairs; Abram Chayes, Legal Advisor Department of State; Jeffrey Kitchen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for PoliticoMilitary Affairs; Gerard Smith, Multi-Lateral Force; Paul Nitze, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; John T. McNaughton, General Counsel, Department of Defense; Admiral Claude V. Rickets, Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Admiral George Anderson, Joint Chiefs or Staff, US Navy; Mc George Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Carl Kaysen, Deputy Special Assistant for National Security Affairs India and Pakistan: President John F. Kennedy; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; George Ball, Under Secretary of State; James Grant, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; Chester Bowles, Ambassador to India; Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense; Roswell Gilpatric, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Paul Nitze, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Admiral George Anderson, Joint Chiefs or Staff, US Navy; John McCone, Central Intelligence Agency Director; Frank Coffin, Deputy Administrator, Agency for International Development; William Gaud, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Near East and South Asia, Agency for International Development; Mc George Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Robert W. Komer, National Security Council Germany: President John F. Kennedy and Ambassador Walter C. Dowling Jordan: President John F. Kennedy; George Ball, Under Secretary of State; James P. Grant, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; Robert C. Strong Director, Office of Near East Affairs, Department of State; Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense; Myer Feldman, Deputy Special Counsel to the President; Mc George Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Robert W. Komer, National Security Council Tape 83 4/24/63, 4/25/63, 4/26/63, 4/27/63 199 minutes on 3 cassettesâ€¦.$18.00 Please note: there is no record of a tape #84 ever being received by the Kennedy Library.