139. Memorandum from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Hurwitch) to Secretary of State Rogers1 2
- Hijacking Agreement with Cuba
Attached for your information is a report from the Swiss on their December 9 meeting with the Cuban negotiators. Also attached is a memorandum of last night’s meeting with the Canadian Embassy officials.
The Cuban preliminary reaction to the possibility of returning guilty parties is interesting in that they inquired about procedures rather than reject the option. This reaction provides us with an opportunity to probe Cuban interest in activating the 1904 extradition treaty. This opportunity could be explored when Ambassador Masnata next meets with the Cuban negotiators by instructing him now to do so, or it could wait until after his report of the full Cuban reaction to our proposal at the next meeting. In light of the Canadian and Mexican forward movement, I think we should place Ambassador Masnata in the position to probe the Cuban position on the extradition treaty at the next meeting as well as to clarify some of the other (minor) points the Cuban negotiators made.
That Ambassador Masnata be instructed now to probe at the next meeting the Cuban position on reactivating the extradition treaty as well as clear up some of the minor questions the Cuban negotiators have raised.
[Rogers approved the recommendation, but changed the language to read: “That Ambassador Masnata be instructed to suggest that one procedure that might be considered would be extradition under the 1904 treaty.”]
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, AV 12. Secret; Nodis. Drafted by Hurwitch. Rogers approved the recommendation but changed the language to read: “That Ambassador Masnata be instructed to suggest that one procedure that might be considered would be extradition under the 1904 treaty.” The memorandum of the meeting with the Canadians was attached but not published.↩
- Hurwitch sent Rogers the preliminary reaction of the Cubans to the possibility of returning hijackers as part of the proposed U.S.-Cuban hijacking agreement.↩