209. National Security Decision Memorandum 2671


  • The Secretary of The Treasury
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Attorney General
  • The Deputy Secretary of State
  • The Administrator, Agency for International Development


  • Turkish Opium Production

The President has reviewed the Interdepartmental Group memorandum of July 13, 1974, as well as the agency views submitted separately.2 He has instructed that the United States take the following steps in response to the recent decision by the Government of Turkey to lift its ban on opium production:

Enter into discussions with the Government of Turkey and relevant United Nations agencies on specific measures to prevent opium smuggling. Our major objectives in these discussions will be that the Turkish Government:
  • —severely restrict acreage in the first year and expand only as controls are proven to be effective;
  • —immediately experiment with, and ultimately shift to, more controllable agricultural and technological processes for the production of opium;
  • —design, install and implement a stringent control system.
Make clear to the Turkish Government that suspension of all US economic and military assistance to Turkey is required under Section

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 315, National Security Council, NSDM 7/74–11/76. Secret. Copies were sent to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Director of the Domestic Council, and the Director of the United States Information Agency.
  2. Document 206. The separate agency views are summarized in Document 208.