Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Eric Fleisher
FLEISHER: He was there about three years.
Q: He was able to tough it out and stay.
Q: Was he the first black we appointed as ambassador to Sweden?
FLEISHER: Yes. We had, of course, had a black ambassador to Norway,Mr. Wharton...
Q: But their treatment of him wasn't related to his ethnibackground. It was related to their hatred of our policy in Vietnam.
Q: Then eventually in '71, Norway did recognize North Vietnam. Dithe others go along with that or was it only Norway?
FLEISHER: I don't remember. I think Sweden was first to recognize North Vietnam. They even sent a fellow, Piere Schourri, there as ambassador.
Q: He was sent as ambassador to Hanoi then.
Q: But Norway being a NATO country doing it probably irritated-
FLEISHER: Norway was the first NATO country, yes.
Q: Did we feel that Norway should join the European EconomiCommunity?
FLEISHER: Don't think we ever made it an issue or formally advocated it. I think we probably favored it, as did many Norwegians. We felt it would serve stability in the Nordic area, and thereby strengthen the NATO's northern flank. We did favor it as a whole, but we didn't push it.