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394. Backchannel Message From the Embassy in the United Kingdom to the Department of State1

From Ambassador Bruce to Secretary Rusk.

Have had no opportunity to deliver message,2 as instructed, to Harold Wilson, if elected, on British Guiana.

I did, however, take subject up with Gordon Walker this morning, who will shortly discuss it with PriMin.

Foreign Secretary said present HMG had never approved policy predecessor on BG. They recognized, however, USG particular interest in safeguarding BG against Communist takeover. He will be prepared give answer during Washington trip.3

[1 paragraph (1½ lines of source text) not declassified]

Comment. 1. I think HMG will permit proposed December elections under proportional representation to take place. [1 line of source text not declassified]

2. Appointment of Greenwood as Colonial Secretary bodes no good for us later on in this affair. Nevertheless, I believe PriMin will keep him under strict control.

  1. Source: Department of State, INR/IL Historical Files, British Guiana Policy Papers, 1964. Secret; Eyes Only.
  2. See Document 392.
  3. See Document 396.