103. National Security Decision Memorandum 1141 2

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  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Defense


  • Bolivia

The President has reviewed the paper provided for the NSC Senior Review Group on Extraordinary Military and Economic Assistance for Bolivia (dated June 14, 1971) and agency positions thereon as provided to the Senior Review Group. He has directed that:

—with regard to military assistance, Option D is approved;

“Option D. Approve an immediate input of up to $1 million in MAP training, ammunition and civic action equipment, as part of an offer of a MAP material program totaling $7 million, the remainder to be furnished over the next three to four years, should there be some continuing promise of an improvement in the political situation.”

—with regard to economic assistance, Option B is approved;

“Option B. Continue technical assistance and routine preparation for new bilateral loans, but withhold approval of loans until satisfactory progress is demonstrated on compensation issues and GOB political posture. Take no initiatives for or against Bolivian loan requests before international agencies.”
Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–224, NSDM Files, NSDM 114. Secret. Copies were sent to the Chairman of the JCS and the Director of Central Intelligence. The June 14 paper is Tab B to Document 102. On June 28, Kissinger sent a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, Defense, and the Treasury, stating that with regard to the last sentence in the NSDM: “The President’s decision intended to mean that the United States representatives in international agencies should abstain without comment if Bolivian loan requests are brought to a vote.” Copies sent to the Chairman of the JCS and the Director of Central Intelligence. (Ibid.)
  2. President Nixon approved Option D for economic assistance and Option B for military assistance of the NSC Interdepartmental Group for Inter-American Affairs (IG/ARA) Options Paper.