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Approved For Release 2003/10/16 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R002300020024-3 EMBAJADA DE CHILE WASHINGTON, D. C. 20038 December 6, 1974 IEonorable Thomas E. Morgan, N, C. United States House Of Represent ativ; s Room 3133 Rayburn Rouse Office Building Washjn ;toxc, D. Cu 20515 Dear Congressman Morgan In behalf of the Republic of Chile and its people, I hope you can give serioua consideration to restoring to the Foreign Assistance Act the prc, ;ra:n for Chile proposed by the Executive Branch of your government for the 1975 fiscal year. That program included total economic and military assistance and credit sales of $84,976,000, consisting of $26,035,000 AID, $516,000 Peace Corps, $37,097,000 under Public Las 480, $28,000 international narcotics control, $800,000 military assistance grants (MM) and $20,500,000 military credit sales. When the Senate passed this bill on December 4, it limited the amount of assistance that may be made available for Chile to $55,000,000, none of which may be made available for military assistance. The reason given in Senate Report 93-1299 was "These reductions and limitations on assistance to Chile are an expression of the Committee's concern about the continuing disregard for the protection of human rights in Chile." As you know, the present Government of Chile came to power on September 11, 1973, in response to the will of the people to restork order and return Our Government to the democratic pattern of life de'Veloped under our Constitution of 1925, which had been virtually destroyed by the Allende Government. Since then Chile has been under almost constant and false attack in some segments of the American press, and n Any of these false and erroneous news stories were used to limit the foreign assis- tance program for Chile in the Senata. When Vice Admiral Peet testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in June of this year in support of the Adnini.str. tion's program for Chile, he said: "Our interests in Chile are threefold, I would Say. One is access to its copper supply and another access to the waters and the straits around that section of Latin America. Quite obviously, we would also like to deny influence in that area to potentially hostile countries, and to maintain our own relations with Chile." Approved For Release 2003/10/16 :'CIA-RDP80R01731 R002300020024-3 December_ 6, 1974 Page: Approved For Release 2003/10/16 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R002300020024-3 United States. The Chilean people and its Government are strong friends of the We need the $21.3 million of very purpose Admiral Peet said it was d'ro rao de credit sales for the Potentially t:osttle countries." Thaw intended to deny infl_uPrce . as eney are h pro-Allende forces in the world to a ite by intere.,ts hostile to the United States and to the Governmentofd are carrying th o on an enormously effectlve program present Government of Chile and cause difficulty betweeneit and the Uni e States. I am taking the the image of unusual step of writing to you because t _d cern about this problem and in he t hope that you could l.oolf at of con- proposed foreign assistance program th in terms of what best Administration's of Chile and of the hemispherz protects the secur.i.ty Of C , and not in terms of the false issue of human rights being promoted by the enemies of free governments. persons confined during the state of siege h Actually is moving ave. been released ,andnearly al.l of the g toward full restoration. of the rights embodied in our Const_i.tgovern Just as quickly as our national security will permit. utiont~oft Very truly yours, Walter feitmann Ambassador of Chile Approved For Release 2003/10/16 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R002300020024-3 Approved For Release 2003/10/16 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R002300020024-3 L~ zcC RGZ ( ~L'G~ 61 ~ fG~ j~ cA j, Any / u Approved For Release 2003/10/16 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R002300020024-3