United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger faced strong questioning during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday (19 September).
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KISSINGER: "The attempt of the United States Government was....not to destablise or to subvert it but to keep in...but to...but to keep in being those political parties that had traditionally contested the elections, and our concern was with this election in 1976 and not at all with a coup in 1973, about which we knew nothing and with which we had nothing to do, as I testified to you in 1973, and as the President reaffirmed."
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Background: United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger faced strong questioning during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday (19 September). Dr. Kissinger attended the hearing to report on the state of detente with the Soviet Union, but his speech was interrupted by angry challenges over the involvement of the United States in the internal affairs of Chile before the 1973 coup.
Dr. Kissinger defended the attitude and actions of the United States towards the Marxist Government of the late President Allende.
The sharpness of the criticism Dr. Kissinger faced on this issue signals an end of his "honeymoon" with Congress, but reports that he is out of favour with the White House were dismissed by President Ford in his speech to the United Nations on Thursday night (19 September).