186. Memorandum From Richard T. Kennedy and Arnold Nachmanoff of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1


  • SRG Meeting—Chile, December 7, 1970

This meeting will serve to (1) update the situation, (2) review specific actions taken in response to the SRG action memo following the last meeting, and (3) address specific issues raised by the Working Group’s studies.

You should begin the meeting by asking Mr. Meyer to report on actions taken since the last SRG meeting. These in summary are:

Military Mission—Embassy instructed not to raise question of its status. Embassy has advised that GOC is not pressing and seems willing to continue.

Military Equipment Deliveries—Embassy was informed that M–41 delivery will be delayed as long as possible and decisions on sale of aircraft will be subject to continuing review.

Peace Corps—Chile wants them and visas have been requested.

IDB Lending—U.S. representative will remain “uninstructed” until further notice—thus lending is stopped (Status report Tab 6 State Paper).

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IBRD Lending—State is providing questions designed to show Chilean vulnerability in performance to be passed by U.S. Executive Director to bank personnel (Status report Tab 7 State Paper).2

Ex-Im Credits and GuaranteesKearns is prepared to cooperate fully. State is working with Bank officials to sort out specific actions—will report further to SRG. (Status report Tab 8 State Paper).

Mr. Meyer also should be asked to report on his consultations in Mexico City with Latin leaders concerning Latin interest in reconsidering the OAS sanctions on Cuba. (This is related to the study of options for U.S. strategy on further Chilean participation in OASTab 2 State Paper.)

The most important issues for discussion at the meeting are:

—Options for U.S. Strategy Concerning Chile’s Future Participation in the OAS. (Tab 2 State Paper)

—Plans for Congressional Consultations. (Tab 4 State Paper)

—Actions to Discourage Further Resumption of Relations with Cuba. (Tab 5 State Paper)

Your talking points, which follow,3 request updating briefing by Mr. Meyer and then address the issues raised in the Working Group Paper.4

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–50, SRG Meeting, 12/7/70. Top Secret. Sent for information. Kissinger wrote, “I want Chilean media analysis,” at the top of the first page. To the right of that note, he wrote, “Options 1 + 2 in Paper 2 not commensurate. 1 talks of advocacy if req[uired], 2 talks exclusion now.” References throughout this memorandum to the “State Paper” and its Tabs are to a collection of papers prepared by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Chile pursuant to the November 19 SRG meeting (see Document 183). The tabs are papers on the Security Implications of Chile’s Participation in the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB); a Study of Options for U.S. Strategy Concerning Chile’s Future Participation in the Organization of American States; Legal Implications of Chilean Trade with Communist Countries; Plans for Congressional Consultations on U.S. Policy towards Chile—January 1971; Status Report on U.S. Actions to Discourage Further Resumptions of Relations with Cuba; Status Report on U.S. Stance on IDB Lending to Chile; Status Report on Restrictions on IBRD Lending to Chile; Status Report on Discussions with Export-Import Bank on Discontinuation of New Credits and Guarantees; and the U.S. Scientific Projects in Chile. (Ibid., National Security Study Memorandum 97)
  2. Kissinger wrote, “Where does that leave us,” to the left of this paragraph.
  3. Not printed.
  4. At the bottom of the page, Kissinger wrote, “Pres. wants Brazilian Pres. invited to U.S. before July.”