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FOREIGN SECRETARY INFORMED RE LANDING HAITI

Sept. 15, 1973, 3 p.m.

1. RESPONDING TO AN EARLIER INQUIRY FROM SECRETARY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS GOMEZ BERGES REGARDING REPORTS OF LANDINGS IN HAITI, AMBASSADOR ASKED EMBOFF TO PASS GIST OF REFTEL TO FONSEC THROUGH A MEMBER OF FONOFF STAFF. ON SEPTEMBER 14, EMBOFF DISCUSSED MATTER WITH UNDER SECRETARY PANTALEON AND CHIEF OF AMERICAN DIVISION PURCELL INFORMING THEM ALONG GENERAL LINES OF REFTEL. THEY SEEMED BOTH RELIEVED AND GRATEFUL THAT THE REPORTED "INVASION" DID NOT APPEAR TO POSE ANY THREAT WHATEVER TO THE GODR. THEY ASSURED EMBOFF THAT INFORMATION WOULD BE PASSED IMMEDIATELY TO FONSEC. 2. COMMENT: ALTHOUGH GODR UNDOUBTEDLY HAS ITS OWN SOURCES OF INFORMATION REGARDING EVENTS IN HAITI, EMBASSY DOES NOT KNOW HOW ACCURATELY THEY HAVE REPORTED ON AND APPRAISED THEM. THUS, EMBASSY BELIEVES OUR OWN GENERAL ASSESSMENT WILL BE USEFUL IN PROVIDING THE GODR WITH A MORE DISPASSIONATE VIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS ACROSS THE BORDER WHICH ARE ALWAYS FOLLOWED WITH GREAT INTEREST HERE. HURWITHC CONFIDENTIAL NNN