বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধ দলিলপত্রঃ ত্রয়োদশ খণ্ড
Relative to the letter's expression of support for Pakistan and that be should not be turned off. The U.S.G. should indicate to Hussein that we do not consider trivial his feelings in this matter.
31. Turning to the question of the blockade. Ambassador Johnson said that both India and Pakistan have taken blockade action, even though the Pak blockade is essentially a paper blockade. Dr Kissinger said that we should also protest to the Paks. Ambassador Johnson indicates we do not have a legal case to protest the blockade. The belligerent nations have a right to blockade when a state of war exists. We may think it unwise and we may question how it is carried out. We have, in fact, normally expressed our concern. On the other hand we have no problem in protesting the incident of the S.S. Buckeye State.
32. Dr. Kissinger said that we are not trying to be even-handed. There can be no doubt what the president wants. The President does not want to be even-handed. The President believes that India is the attacker. We are trying to get across the idea that India has jeopardized relations with the United States. Dr. Kissinger said that we cannot afford to ease India's state of mind. The Lady's is cold-blooded and tough and will not turn a Soviet satellite merely because of pique. We should not ease her mind. He invited anyone who objected to this approach to take his case to the President. Ambassador Keating, he suggested, is offering enough reassurance on his own.
33. Addressing briefly the question of communal strife in East Pakistan, Br, Kissinger asker whether anyone would be in a position to know that massacres were occurring at the time when they took place. Mr. Helms indicated that we might not know immediately, but we certainly would know after a massacre occurred.
34. The meeting was adjourned at 12:10.
Η. Ν. ΚΑΥ
South Asia/M. A. P. Branch, J5
Source: New York Herald Tribune, Paris edition, 15 January 1972 Note:
Terms used in the Text
A.I.D. Agency for International Development.
A.S.D. (I.S.A.) Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs.
Azad Kashir, free Kashmir name of the Pakistani-heald parts of Kashmir.
CENTO Central Treaty Organization.
C.I.A. Central Intelligence Agency.