393.1115/10–2448: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Stuart)

1488. Urtel 1985 Oct 24 repeated Paris for info Secretary. Dept’s instruction, with Secretary’s concurrence, regarding action described fourth paragraph reftel, as follows:

Whereas under standing instructions it would be proper for Chief of JUSMAG19 to offer to Gimo on personal and confidential basis military advice such as that referred to in fourth paragraph your 1985 Oct 24, it is not desirable that you or Emb should so act. Accordingly you will seek means immediately to notify Gimo that action you have taken was a personal one undertaken as an old friend and without instructions from your Govt. You should indicate that upon receipt of notification by you of your action, your Govt indicated you should make clear the unofficial and personal character of this advice since it could not assume any responsibilities which might flow from the acceptance of this advice by the ChiGovt.

  1. Maj. Gen. David G. Barr, Director of Joint U. S. Military Advisory Group.