Magazine article New African

Chile: Kissinger's Letter

Magazine article New African

Chile: Kissinger's Letter

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On 9 November 1970, Henry Kissinger, on behalf of the US National Security Council, wrote the following "Top Secret, Sensitive Eyes Only" National Security Decision Memorandum 93 to the American secretary of state, secretary of defence; director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, and the director of Central Intelligence. The subject was: "Policy towards Chile". The import of the letter has not been lost on Zimbabwe.

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Following the discussion at the meeting of the National Security Council on November 6, 1970, the President has decided that the basis of our policy toward Chile will be the concept underlying Operation C of the Interagency paper submitted November 3,1970 by the Department of State for the consideration of the National Security Council as outlined in the guidelines set forth below.

The president has decided that (1) the public posture of the United States will be correct but cool, to avoid giving the Allende government a basis for which to rally domestic and international support for the consolidation of the regime; but that (2) the United States will seek to maximise pressures on the Allende government to prevent its consolidation and limit its ability to implement policies contrary to US and hemispheres interests. …

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