456. Telegram 5988 From the Embassy in Mexico to the Department of State, November 3, 1970, 2245Z.1 2
Department of State
R 032245Z NOV 70
FM AMEMBASSY MEXICO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5345
WHEN I WAS DISCUSSING HIS FORTHCOMING VISIT TO KEY BISCAYNE WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT ECHEVERRIA (SEE SEPARATE TELEGRAMS), HE MENTIONED A FEW OPINIONS ON SUBJECTS OF CURRENT INTEREST WHICH I AM REPEATING:
1) WITH REGARD TO SALINITY, ECHEVERRIA FIRMLY FAVORED ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF 1965 AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO HAVE TIME TO TRY TO GET INHABITANTS OF MEXICALI VALLEY TO ADOPT A RATIONAL APPROACH ON THIS ISSUE ALONG LINES OF OUR JULY 1970 PROPOSAL. HE INDICATED HE HAD CONVEYED HIS VIEWS TO PRESIDENT DIAZ ORDAZ ON THIS SUBJECT.
2) WHEN I OUTLINED TO ECHEVERRIA THE STATE OF PLAY ON THE BOUNDARY TREATY, HE IMMEDIATELY CONCLUDED THERE WOULD NOT BE TIME FOR DIAZ ORDAZ TO CONCLUDE ACTION FOR A SIGNING PRIOR TO HIS DEPARTURE FROM OFFICE. PRESIDENT-ELECT INDICATED HE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO SIGN THE TREATY IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY.
3) ON THE SUBJECT OF EX-PRESIDENTS, ECHEVERRIA INDICATED DIAZ ORDAZ HAD
ASSURED HIM HE WOULD PLAY NO REPEAT NO ROLE IN GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AFTER
DECEMBER 1. ECHEVERRIA SAID EX-PRESIDENTS PORTES GIL, RUIZ CORTINES AND
ALEMAN HAD ALL BEEN
METICULOUS IN KEEPING OUT OF POLITICS BUT HE SAID SAME HAD UNFORTUNATELY
NOT BEEN TRUE OF EX-PRESIDENT CARDENAS WHO UNTIL HIS RECENT DEATH HAD
CONTINUED TO INTERFERE TO A CONSIDERABLE DEGREE EVEN AFTER HE WAS
STRICKEN WITH CANCER A YEAR AGO. ECHEVERRIA GAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT HE
WAS GLAD HE WOULD NO LONGER HAVE THIS PARTICULAR EX-PRESIDENT TO COPE
WITH THOUGH HE CONCLUDED “WE, OF COURSE, ALL WENT TO THE FUNERAL”.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 7 MEX. Confidential; Limdis. In a November 14 memorandum to Irwin, Meyer recommended a 1-year extension of the 5-year agreement with Mexico on the Colorado River salinity problem to allow President-elect Echeverría sufficient time to consider the U.S. proposal for a new 5-year agreement. Irwin approved the recommendation. (Ibid., POL 33–1 MEX–US) In telegram 6342 from Mexico City, November 23, the Embassy reported that McBride and Carrillo Flores had signed the boundary treaty. (Ibid., RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 32–1 MEX–US) ↩
- Ambassador McBride reported on a discussion with President-elect Luis Echeverría, which dealt with the Colorado River salinity issue and finalization of the boundary treaty.↩