[EXCERPTS] DEPARTMENT OF STATE DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
BRIEFER: NICHOLAS BURNS FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 1997
BURNS ... the Department of State is mandated by the Congress to
publish a history of the foreign relations of the United States. Our
most recent volume that we are issuing today is quite significant.
It's a volume on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. This volume
provides the most comprehensive, historical record of the entire
confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba
back in 1962. October 16-28, 1962, was the most intense period of the
The volume documents on an hour-by-hour basis, in unparalleled detail
the actions of the United States Government during that period. All of
the Kennedy-Khrushchev correspondence on Cuba is printed in this
volume. It also contains more than 50 CIA documents.
I don't believe any previous volume of our Foreign Relations series
has contained so many CIA documents dealing with so many aspects of
the contribution that the intelligence community made to the formation
of American policy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I would like to
refer you to this, those of who are particularly interested in Latin
America and U.S.-Soviet relations at the time.
We have a detailed description of the contents of the volume available
in the Press Office. You may purchase a copy, as you know, from the
government. You can just peruse a copy in the Press Office if you
don't want to purchase one.
I'd like to take this time to congratulate our Historian of the
Department of State, Bill Slany, and his staff on the preparation of
this volume. They turn out many volumes per year. They publish the
history on a 30-year timeline. They do a terrific job, and I want to
thank them for their efforts.
QUESTION: Five years --
Q: They're five years late.
BURNS: Actually not. Actually not. I think we've been able to certify
every year that we're meeting the Congressional limits here. It's
interesting because, here we have a volume on the Cuban Missile Crisis
but we have volumes on the Johnson and Nixon Administrations also
coming out. This is a special volume. I think it will add to the
scholarship -- there's an effort underway at Harvard University to
revise Graham Allison's seminal work Essence of Decision. I know that
Harvard is very interested in this as are a number of other scholars
around the country.