Archive (Reagan Library)

Falklands: Thatcher letter to Reagan (resuming US arms sales to Argentina) [summary declassified 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: 10 Downing Street
Source: Reagan Library: NSA Head of State File (Box 35)
Editorial comments: Declassified 28 March 2000.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 139 words
Themes: Defence (Falklands), Foreign policy (Americas excluding USA), Foreign policy (USA)
Declassified F96-107#254
By SMF, NATA, Date 3/28/00


Memorandum for the President
From: Robert C. McFarlane
Subject: Response to Prime Minister Thatcher’s Letter on Argentine Certification

Attached at Tab A is a letter from you to Prime Minister Thatcher responding to her letter of yesterday explaining how the British government plans to handle public presentation of the American decision to certify Argentina’s progress in human rights. Your reply is positive and stresses our willingness to work with PM Thatcher in the public handling of this issue.

Speechwriters have cleared the letter.

That you sign the letter to Mrs. Thatcher.
[President initialled his assent]