70. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Clark) to President Reagan 1
Several days ago when the Falklands matter arose, I tasked my staff to answer a number of questions. Their answers are attached.
The most recent development was the request this afternoon from Prime Minister Thatcher 2 that we:
1. Ban all military assistance to Argentina;
2. Impose restrictions on all imports from Argentina;
3. Discontinue export credit guarantees for Argentina.
These rather extreme proposals which we cannot agree to, make clear the near hysterical pitch to which the UK has propelled the political debate in London.
You may wish to scan the highlighted portions of the attached in preparation for Wednesday morning’s NSPG.3
- Source: Reagan Library, Executive Secretariat, NSC Country File, Latin America/Central, Falklands War (04/06/1982). Secret. Copies were sent to Bush, Meese, Baker, and Deaver.↩
- Attached but not printed is a copy Thatcher’s April 6 message to Reagan (see Document 68).↩
- A list of topics relating to the situation in the Falklands/Malvinas, which was prepared in advance of the April 7 NSPG meeting, is attached but not printed.↩
- Secret. Rentschler signed “Jim” above his name in the “From” line and also signed for Blair and Fontaine. The memorandum was extensively underlined by an unknown hand with a highlighter pen.↩
- See footnote 10, Document 69.↩
- Reagan and Haig were scheduled to travel to Jamaica and Barbados for meetings with Caribbean leaders April 7–11.↩
- See Document 69.↩
- Secret. The paper was underlined extensively by an unknown hand with a highlighter pen.↩
- See footnote 4, Document 64.↩