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Text 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (Thatcher MSS) MT Engagement Diary
Info only 82 Apr 30 Fr Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: US `tilt’ in favour of Britain; Total Exclusion Zone put in force
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKMIS New York telegram 606 to FCO (0046Z) ("Falkland Islands at the UN") [Security Council has "atmosphere of great tension and expectation eg of a dramatic military move by us any day now"; danger of diplomatic vacuum when Haig talks end] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (State Department) Falklands: Haig message to Costa Mendez (0300Z) ("Letter from the Secretary to Foreign Minister Costa Mendez") [announces US tilt] [declassified 2001]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1524 to FCO (0415Z) ('Falklands') [Renwick meeting with Eagleburger before NSC; draft Haig statement] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1527 to FCO (0418Z) ('Falklands' - US tilt) ["I hope you will agree this puts the Americans squarely on our side. We can discuss imports later"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1525 to FCO (0423Z) ("Falklands") [text of draft statement to be issued by Haig] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Haig telegram 1526 to Pym (0426Z) ('Falklands') [Argentina rejecting US proposals; Britain negotiating in good faith; US statement not possible before Friday] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (State Department) Falklands: USE Buenos Aires telegram to State Department (0527Z) ("Falklands crisis: prespective (sic) US measures") [Ambassador called on Galtieri without instructions at midnight hoping to "head off a fatal confrontation"; "no give whatsoever" from Galtieri] [declassified 2001]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands: USE Buenos Aires telegram to State Department (0527Z) ("Falklands Crisis: Prospective US Measures") [published 2015]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1528 to FCO (0545Z) ("Falklands/Congress") [Senate resolution supportive of UK position passed 79:1, Helms dissenting (29 Apr); Biden, Moynihan and Percy sponsoring] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Media: Press Digest for MT (Falklands - Treatment, Political, US support, Argentina) ["Press generally see this as D-Day/Mirror says there is big backing for us in Congress"] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO Sitrep (0630Z) [Argentina announces 200 mile exclusion zone; Haig; UN] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Minutes of OD Sub-Committee on South Atlantic and the Falkland Islands - OD(SA)(82) 21st (0845Z) (Military and Political Issues) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: FCO note circulated to the Official OD Sub-Committee on the South Atlantic and Falkland Islands - ODO(SA)(82) 34 (International Reaction to the Argentine Invasion of the Falkland Islands) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: FCO note circulated to the Official OD Sub-Committee on the South Atlantic and Falkland Islands - ODO(SA)(82) 35 (Argentina: Threat to British Economic Interests in Other South American Countries: Developments 23 to 29 April) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Armstrong, Wade-Gery and Colvin note circulated to OD(SA) Committee - OD(SA)(82) 36 (The Argentine Aircraft Carrier) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Armstrong, Wade-Gery and Colvin note circulated to OD(SA) Committee - OD(SA)(82) 37 (Message from President Reagan) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Nott memorandum circulated to OD(SA) Committee - OD(SA)(82) 39 (Force Levels: Reinforcement) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Wade-Gery briefing for MT ("Falklands: OD(SA) on 2nd May") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (Bank of England) Monetary Policy: Treasury record of conversation (Chancellor of the Exchequer & Governor of the Bank of England) (0900Z) [Falklands impact - situation better than might have been expected, but fragile, "could deteriorate rapidly in the event of dramatic, and not immediately successful, action in the Falklands"] [declassified 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Minutes of meeting of the Information Group on the Falklands (0900Z) [media and related issues] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: MT message to President Moi of Kenya (thanks for support) [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (Ingham MSS) Press Office: Lobby Briefing (1000Z) (PM's day, PM's engagement, Haig proposals, TEZ, Red Cross, Shift of mood, Geneva conventions) ["We have no intention of using gratuitous force but every intention of enforcing the exclusion zone"] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 minute for MT (her invitation to see Opposition leaders on Tuesday 4 May) [Foot not available, will probably answer tomorrow; Owen and Steel agreed immediately] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) India: No.10 minute to Rees PS (Orissa Steel Plant) [briefing for MT on status of Davy Corporation Ltd's negotiations] [declassified Aug 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 letter to FCO (mishandling of UKE Washington telegram No.1472) [MT noted Acland's explanation, most grateful] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 letter to FCO ("Falklands: message from Mr Pym to Mr Haig") [MT approves your draft] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 letter to FCO ("Falklands: Japanese position") [MT approves your draft reply to PM Suzuki] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Jopling letter to Pym (Irish attitude) [Robert Rhodes James lunching at Irish Embassy with Dempsey, who gave "a clear and unmistakeable impression" that Ireland might back away from its previous support for Britain at the UN] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) US: No.10 letter to Pym PS (“Visit of Mr. George Shultz”) [possible lunch at Chequers] [declassified 2014]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Employment: Chancellor of the Exchequer minute to MT ("CPRS Unemployment Study") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Economy: Treasury minute (“Treasury Weekly Economic Brief”) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) G7: Cabinet Secretary minute to No.10 (“Versailles Economic Summit: meeting of personal representatives: 24-25 April”) [procedure and agendas] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Security: Armstrong minute to MT (publication of “The Hut Six Story”) [Allen Lane book by Gordon Welchman on Bletchley Park] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Parliament: Lord Cockfield minute to MT (“Civil Aviation (Eurocontrol) (Amendment) Bill”) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Havers minute to MT (form of Falklands inquiry) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Hoskyns minute to MT ("Advice on Argentina and the Falklands") [Ray Whitney concerned that Hugh Thomas may be misinforming MT on Argentina] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Civil Service: Young minute to MT ("Training in Financial Management") [Civil Service reform] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Pay: Armstrong briefing for MT ("Public Service Pay") [current state of play] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Pay: Fowler minute to MT ("Public Service Pay: The Health Service") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Pay: Vereker minute to MT ("Public Service Pay") [TSRB announcement] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Foreign Secretary statement following US tilt (draft and final text) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Monetary Policy: Chancellor’s PS letter to No.10 (“Bullion Gold Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns”) [declassified 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Law of the Sea: FCO letter to No.10 (“UNLOSC” UN Law of the Sea Convention) [“very important that [we] act together”] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO minute by Legal Adviser ("Falkland Islands: Constitutional Position") [legal framework of local administration] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO minute by Deputy Legal Adviser ("Antarctic Treaty: effect of a state of war with Argentina") [discussion of contingencies] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: MOD letter to No.10 ("Enforcing the TEZ: Press Statement") [Vulcan attack on Port Stanley airfield] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Armstrong note circulated to Cabinet - C(82) 18 (Falkland Islands: Proposed American Protocol) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (Thatcher MSS) Thailand: Prime Minister Tinsulanonda of Thailand to MT (thanks for hospitality; UK-Thailand relations) [released 2013]

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