Archive (State Department)

Falklands: State Department telegram to Vernon Walters (1026Z) ("Falklands Dispute") [relays points prepared for 7 Apr NSPG meeting: "Brits in warlike mood - high strung, unpredictable … UK probably wants big sea battle to give Thatcher a 'victory' … Must stop their fleet"] [declassified 2001]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Thatcher digital archive, per State Department website
Editorial comments:

1026. Released under FOI on 6 Nov 2001. Walters served as a roving Ambassador during the first Reagan Administration, 1981-85. At the moment the telegram was sent he seems to have been in Paris en route to London.

An unredacted version of the talking points can be read here.

Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 4pp
Themes: Foreign policy (USA), Defence (Falklands)