270. Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between the Presidentʼs Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) and the Minister of the Soviet Embassy (Vorontsov)1

K: I just spoke with the President before going off. I think this is basically clear but I wanted to be sure there was no ambiguity left. It seems to us that basically your proposal2 is being accepted and therefore even harder to understand a delay in the joint action.

[Page 748]

V: I understand and I proceeded from that assumption.

K: So some formulation should begin between East and West Pakistan. Itʼs not exact text but substance.

V: When I was reading the paper,3 in what form this joint action should be.

K: [omission in the source text] Security Council?

V: Thatʼs clear.

K: Consider other proposals as well.

V: I will make that clarification.

K: The language you have is more precise than one I gave you.

V: I understand.

K: We will draft something in Security Council-type language and get it to you this afternoon.

  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 370, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File. No classification marking.
  2. An apparent reference to the proposal for a cease-fire put forward in Brezhnevʼs December 8 letter to Nixon (Document 253). The Soviet proposal also called for negotiations between Yahya Khanʼs government and East Pakistani leaders concerning a political settlement in East Pakistan.
  3. An apparent reference to Nixonʼs December 10 letter to Brezhnev; Document 269.