300. Editorial Note

No minutes have been found for the Washington Special Actions Group meeting of May 20, 1970. The undated briefing memorandum for the meeting from Richard Kennedy and John Holdridge of the National Security Council Staff to Presidential Assistant Henry Kissinger provides a sense of the issues to be discussed. Kennedy and Holdridge noted that since the meeting of May 19 (see Document 297) one additional 1,000-man pack had been delivered to Phnom Penh. According to the briefing memorandum the issues to be discussed at the May 20 meeting were support for Khmer forces recruited in Thailand, and policy towards Cambodian combatants and refugees captured by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. If time permitted, Kissinger was encouraged to raise the matter of maintenance for Cambodian T–28 aircraft.

According to the undated memorandum from Kennedy, the question of support for two Thai Khmer forces remained unresolved after the May 20 meeting with most issues still pending. The same lack of progress apparently occurred for the other two issues as well. (National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–074, WSAG Meeting, Cambodia, 5/20/70)