Archive (Walters MSS)

Economy: Alan Walters diary (Falklands) [Reagan visit briefing for PM; MT has “silly ideas” about development of Falklands with tourism][released 2012]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Walters MSS (Churchill Archives Centre): WTRS 3/1/2
Editorial comments: Read other entries from this diary. View all Walters documents. The original diary can be studied here
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 127
Themes: Defence (Falklands), Monetary policy, Foreign policy (USA)

Thursday 3rd June 1982

Chancellor saw our draft overnight - John Kern thinks it is OK.

Pronab Sen - just wanted to get his foot in No 10

Lunch with PM + private secretaries. Very relaxed but annoyed at questions by corres [correspondents] of U.S. newspapers

- she apparently told them of the need to defend the rights which they insisted on exercising

Reagan visit briefing for PM. Falklands dominant

USA wants (Nico Henderson) some long term decolonisation or self-governing status - get rid of the Governor - joint guarantee of security by USA + Brazil - want to rebuild L.A. [Latin America?] fences

PM has silly ideas about dev of Falklands with Tourism etc.

use prisoners as bargaining counter - we keep them while hostilities proceed.