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NEWSWEEK ARTICLE ON US AID TO HAITI

July 14, 1978, midnight

1. JULY 17 "PERISCOPE" ARTICLE IN NEWSWEEK, WHICH APPEARED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH OPENING OF JONT COMMISSION, GROSSLY DISTORTED US POLICY ON AID TO HAITI, CREATED DIFFICULTIES FOR OUR RELATIONS WITH GOH, AND HAS BEEN WIDELY COMMENTED ON BY LOCAL MEDIA. 2. IN RESPONSE TO QUESTION ON VERACITY OF TEXT BY REGIONAL AP CORRESPONDENT LOU WHEATON, CURRENTLY VISITNG HAITI, EMBASSY MADE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: "NEITHER AMBASSADOR JONES NOR ANY OTHER REPRESENTATIVE OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS THREATENED THE HAITIAN GOVERNMENT WITH REDUCTION IN AID. WE ARE NOT AWARE THAT 'OTHER COUNTRIES ARE ALSO CONSIDERING CUTBACKS IN THEIR HAITIAN AID PROGRAMS.' AND, THE OAS IS NOT, TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, SENDING A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO STUDY THE FISCAL PROBLEM." 3. IF QUESTIONS ARISE AT DEPARTMENT NEWS BRIEFING SUGGEST SPOKESMAN RESPOND ALONG SIMILAR LINES. MEADENNN Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014