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Date: 
May 17, 1963
Participants: 
President John F. Kennedy; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; Philips Talbot, Assistant of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; James P. Grant, Deputy Assistant Secretary Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Robert W. Komer, Member of the National Security Council
Topic/s: 
ARMS LIMITATION/ISRAEL
Listen: 


The summary below was prepared by the archivists at the JFK Library.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY PRESIDENTIAL RECORDING LOG TAPE 88: ARMS LIMITATION/ISRAEL; NATO; GATT; CIVIL RIGHTS; INDIA; PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING / BIRMINGHAM Released 11/2005 5/17/63, 5/20/63, 5/21/63 198 minutes Status: Declassified in Part: Nineteen excisions totaling 10 minutes 47 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 12958. Description, Arms Limitation/Israel: The discussion is focused on the Middle East, specifically the hope that an arms limitation agreement can be coordinated for that area of the world. Please note that the last meeting of tape 87 is on the same subject, but it does not seem to be a continuation of that meeting. From the paperwork, this meeting on tape 88 seems to be the 5:00 meeting from that same day, 5/17/63. Description, NATO: This May 20, 1963 meeting centers on NATO force requirements, the Multilateral Force and NATO financing. The meeting begins with a brief Cuba discussion. In addition there is an interesting exchange later in the meeting concerning the Civil Aeronautics Board and a memo that President Kennedy had written on some recent issues of concern and some discussion on the President’s upcoming trip to Europe. Description, GATT: This May 20, 1963 meeting is a brief discussion on the issues and negotiations during the upcoming General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Conference. There is some commentary on foreign countries and trade issues. Description, Civil Rights Legislation: This May 20, 1963 meeting provides an overview on civil rights legislative proposals (accommodations, schools, federal jobs) and the political fights they will cause in Congress and with the States. An overview of recent civil rights demonstrations is also provided. (Please note that the recording of this meeting was previously made available in the Civil Rights 1963 release in 1984.) Description, India/T.T. Khrishnamachari: The President and the Indian Defense Minister discuss in detail the steps that might be taken to aid India, including a defense commitment by the US. The India-Pakistan situation is discussed in great detail, providing an in-depth view from the Indian point of view regarding relations and the Kashmir dispute. Air defense of India and US aid are also discussed. The date of this meeting is 5/20/63. Description, President’s Commission on Equal Opportunity in Housing /Birmingham: This 5/21/63 meeting is between President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, John Macy of the Civil Service 125
Commission and members of the President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity in Housing. (Please note that the recording of this meeting was previously made available in the Civil Rights 1963 release in the 1984.) Participants Listing: Arms Limitation/Israel: President John F. Kennedy; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; Philips Talbot, Assistant of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; James P. Grant, Deputy Assistant Secretary Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Robert W. Komer, Member of the National Security Council. NATO: President John F. Kennedy, Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; Robert S. McNamara, Defense Secretary; General Maxwell Taylor, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chief. GATT: President John F. Kennedy, Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; George Ball, Undersecretary of State. Civil Rights Legislation: President John F. Kennedy; Robert Kennedy, Attorney General; Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department; Lee C. White, Assistant Special Counsel to the President; Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel to the President. India/T.T. Khrishnamachari: President John F. Kennedy; T.T. Khrishnamachari, Indian Defense Minister; Philips Talbot, Undersecretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; Robert W. Komer, Member of the National Security Council; M.J. Desai, Indian Foreign Secretary; B.K. Nehru, Indian Ambassador to the United States. Birmingham: President John F. Kennedy; Robert Kennedy, Attorney General; John Macy, Chairman of the Civil Service Commission; Cyril F. Brickfield, Chief Benefits Director, Department of Veterans Benefits, Veterans Administration; Philip Borwnstein, Farmers Home Administration; Jack Conway, Industrial Union AFL-CIO; John Derwan, Veteran’s Administration; C. Douglas Dillon, Secretary of the Treasury; William Driver, Deputy Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration; Orville Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture; John S. Gleason, Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration; Floyd Micree, Farmers Home Administration; Theodore Jones, Supreme Life Insurance Co; Ferdinand Kramer, Advisor; Joseph McMurray, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense; Cyril Magnin; Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department; A.H. Monk, Associate Deputy Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration; John Nolan, Justice Department; John Reed, Department of Defense; Joseph Robertson, Department of Agriculture; Roland Sawyer, Advisor; William Seabron, Department of Agriculture; Milton Semer, Housing and Home Finance Agency; Simon Trevas, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; Robert Weaver, Housing and Home Finance Agency; Louis Weinstein, Advisor; Robert A. Wallace, Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, Department of Treasury; David L. Lawrence, Special Assistant to the President, The White House Office. Tape 88 126
5/17/63, 5/20/63, 5/21/63 198 minutes on 3 CD’s….$18.00
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