Memorandum for Dr. Kissinger From: Samuel M. Hoskinson
Subject: Cable to Paks on "Bangla Desh"
State has sent over for your clearance a cable (Tab B) with
instructions to Ambassador Farland to inform the Paks of recent
At a meeting yesterday in
--Appreciation for US efforts to solve the current impasse.
--"Any" agreement between Mujib and Yahya will be acceptable if arranged through `proper channels' i.e. US participation in the arrangements, since "Mujib's life is more important than independence".
--Bangla Desh "Foreign Minister" Ahmed would like to
head a delegation to the
--There is a split within the Bangla Desh movement between the "rightists" who are in control but want to save themselves and Mujib through a compromise settlement and "leftwing elements" who will quickly take over if Mujib dies.
Earlier contacts with the Bangla Desh representative in
State thinks that the "Bangla Desh" proposals provide a "glimmer of hope" for a negotiated political settlement between the West Pakistanis stanis and the Awami League and would like to inform the Paks about them. They would, therefore, instruct Ambassador Farland to do this with Foreign Secretary Sultan Khan at an early opportunity. The Ambassador would also be instructed to:
--not reveal intelligence on Indian involvement gained from conversation with Bangla Desh representatives;
--stress that we have only listened to the Bangla Desh representative and that we have taken no initiative to pursue his suggestion that we meet with the "Foreign Minister";
--stress that we have made no judgement on the value of the proposals but "hope very much GOP would be able to find means to establish continuing contact of its own with Bangla Desh representatives;"
--avoid impression US seeking to play mediatory role "but we are prepared to be helpful in whatever way GOP thinks useful."
Given Yahya's strong feeling about the Awami League, the
"Bangla Desh" proposals certainly provide no more than a
"glimmer of hope", yet there may be just enough here to pass on to
the Paks on the far out chance they might be interested in following up themselves.
Ambassador Farland should be able to do this within the framework of the
friendly posture we have established in
Perhaps a more important issue is whether Farland goes one step, further and (1) gently urges the Paks to establish their own contacts with the Bangla Desh leaders and (2) offers our assistance. This is the way his instructions reads now (see underlined quotes above and underlined clauses in paragraphs 2 and 3 of cable for clearance).
This is a highly debatable move at this point, and personally I would refrain from even this small involvement on this first approach to Paks. They will know what to do if they want to take the bait and, given their sensitivities, the need to protect our credibility and the small chance of success, it would seem wiser not to go beyond a strictly honest broker role.
The instructions for
Recommendation: That you approve the redraft of State's cable which I have done to reflect the above considerations (Tab A).
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