Archive (Reagan Library)

Grenada: Reagan letter to Thatcher (decided to intervene) [declassified 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia
Source: Reagan Library: Executive Secretariat NSC: Records Country File (UK volume V)
Editorial comments: Despatched 2200 GMT 24 Oct 1983. A copy was sent to the new US Ambassador in London, Charles Price, on 12 December.
Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 247 words
Themes: Monarchy, Defence (arms control), Foreign policy (Americas excluding USA), Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Law & order, MT contacts with Ronald Reagan

Declassified S98-002#603
By CAS, NARA, Date 7/21/00


White House Situation Room

Via Cabinet Office Channels WH08195

Dear Margaret,

In a message to you earlier today, I expressed my desire to keep you informed of the United States’ response to a formal request by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to support and participate in a collective security effort to restore peace, order, and democracy in Grenada. I have decided to respond positively to this request. I understand that Barbados and Jamaica have also responded favorably.

Our forces will establish themselves in Grenada. The collective Caribbean security force will disembark on Grenada shortly thereafter. You will appreciate the sensitivity of this information to the security of these operations and the safety of military personnel.

We will inform you of further developments as they occur. Other allies will be apprised of our actions after they are begun.

I expect that a new provisional government will be formed in Grenada shortly after the collective security force arrives. We [end p1] hope that Her Majesty’s Government will join us by extending support to Grenada’s new leaders. The United Kingdom can play an important role in strengthening the new government’s position by offering political support and by providing a program of economic assistance.