Archive (Reagan Library)

Libya: President Reagan letter to President Mitterrand (requests immediate decision on overflight request) [warns against "luke-warm support or no support at all from our closest allies"] [declassified 2005]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Reagan Library: Box 91747 (James Stark Files) Libya - El Dorado Canyon [7 of 10]
Editorial comments: Undated, but listed as 12 April from Jacques Attaliā€™s diary/memoir Verbatim (Paris, 1995) (volume 2 p45) which describes the letter and dates its arrival to 1800 on 12 April. Attali notes that the President persisted in his decision not to answer until his meeting with Vernon Walters, which took place on 14 April.
Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 3pp
Themes: Defence (general), Foreign policy (Middle East), Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU), Leadership, Security services & intelligence, Terrorism