260. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of State Vance and Secretary of Defense Brown1

The President has reviewed the notes of the interagency meeting and given the following instructions:2

Asylum. Hold to our present official position that we do not favor asylum for terrorists. (S/S)

Ransom. Maintain our present position that the U.S. will not to be a party to the payment of ransom and actively seek to discourage payment of ransom. (S/S)

Release of Prisoners. In a letter in response to President Turbay,3 make explicit the long-run costs worldwide of conceding to the release of prisoners which can only encourage similar terrorists activities in the future. (S/S)

Use of Force. Do not involve the U.S. military with any Colombians without the approval of President Turbay. (S/S)

Zbigniew Brzezinski
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, General Odom File, Box 52, Terrorism: Bogota Crisis, 2-3/80. Secret; Sensitive. Copies were sent to Turner and Jones.
  2. See Document 257.
  3. See Document 259.