98. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon 1 2

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  • Bolivian Reaction to Your Decision to Suspend Tin Sales

We communicated your decision to suspend indefinitely further sales of stockpile tin to the Bolivian Ambassador on Friday, and Ambassador Siracusa called on President Torres to inform him of your decision on Saturday. The Ambassador reports (Tab A) that President Torres’ reaction was extremely favorable and he asked that his deepest appreciation for your considerate attention to Bolivia’s problems and to his appeal be communicated to you. He said he valued cordial relations with the U.S. “more than with any other country” and he took your action as a clear sign of the U.S. concern for Bolivia and for its problems. Ambassador Siracusa adds his own appreciation for this decision which he believes has averted serious problems in our relations with Bolivia.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 770, Country Files, Latin America, Bolivia, Vol. 1I 1970–1974. Confidential. Sent for information. Attached but not published at Tab A is telegram 1740 from La Paz, April 8.
  2. Kissinger reported on President Torres’s favorable reaction to the U.S. decision to suspend sales of stockpiled tin.