388. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in South Africa 0

256. For Satterthwaite. The Department has approved licensing C-130 transports for sale to Government South Africa but cannot approve licensing and sale of F-104s. South African Embassy informed of above.

Department is continuing urgent high level review with appropriate agencies need for continuation Tracking Station Agreement after expiration date and wishes arrive at this decision insofar as possible unhampered by other considerations. Department will advise you promptly of results review this important matter and decision as to whether or not negotiations for extension Tracking Station Agreement will be required.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 770X.5622/9-2961. Confidential; Niact; No Distribution Outside of Department. Drafted by Deming, cleared by Fredericks, and approved by Bowles.