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Cold War: Thatcher letter to Reagan (Belize) [summary declassified 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Document kind: Archive
Venue: White House
Source: Reagan Library: NSA Head of State File (Box 35)
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Declassified 28 March 2000. MT's original letter remains sealed.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 223 words
Themes: Defence (general), Foreign policy (Americas excluding USA), Foreign policy (USA)

Declassified F96-107#221
By SMF, NARA, Date 3/28/00

Secret

MEMORANDUM FOR JOHN M. POINDEXTER
FROM: PETER R. SOMMER
SUBJECT: Mrs. Thatcher’s Reply re Belize

In Mrs. Thatcher’s reply to the President (Tab I), she promised that “no irrevocable steps will be taken” regarding the withdrawal of the British garrison from Belize. She also indicated that she hoped to be in a position to tell the President more about British intentions with regard to the garrison when they meet in September. Reading between the lines, Mrs. Thatcher’s response is mildly encouraging.

Since this will be a major topic of discussion at their September meeting, I see absolutely no need for a further Presidential reply to Mrs. Thatcher at this time. We will, however, ensure that the British garrison is included in the briefing papers for the President’s September 29 meeting with Mrs. Thatcher.

Roger Fontaine, Don Fortier, and Ollie North concur.

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That you agree we do not need a further reply at this time.
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