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PRESS REPORTS U. S. ARMS SALES TO HAITI

June 23, 1973, 5 p.m.

1. ON JUNE 23, EL NACIONAL CARRIED FRONT- PAGE STORY UNDER BANNER HEADLINES ON REPORTED U. S. ARMS SALES TO HAITI. STORY WAS BASED ON EARLIER REPORT FIRST PUBLISHED HERE ON JUNE 19 BY ENGLISH LANGUAGE WEEKLY, SANTO DOMINGO NEWS. 2. TEXT OF STORY INCLUDES FOLLOWING ASSERTIONS: A. HAITI HAS " QUIETLY" AGAIN BEEN PLACED ON LIST OF COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR FMS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1962. B. A SQUADRON OF JET FIGHTER PLANES WILL BE SOLD TO HAITI WHOSE PILOTS ARE TRAINED IN U. S. C. STATE DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY APPROVED SEVERAL ARMS SALES TO HAITI BY PRIVATE U. S. FIRMS. THESE HAVE INCLUDED RIFLES, AMMUNI- TION, HELICOPTERS, AND PATROL BOATS. 3. SINCE EMBASSY' S INFORMATION IS INCOMPLETE, WOULD APPRECIATE DEPARTMENT' S COMMENTS ON FOREGOING POINTS, AS WELL AS ANY GUIDANCE EMBASSY MIGHT USE IN RESPONDING TO QUESTIONS THAT LIMITED OFFICIAL USE LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 02 SANTO 02622 231714 Z REPORT MAY ELICIT FROM LOCAL NEWS MEDIA. MELOY LIMITED OFFICIAL USE NNNNMAFVVZCZ *** Current Handling Restrictions *** n/a *** Current Classification *** LIMITED OFFICIAL USE