Feb 23, 1979 • 1856 • State-Georgetown • 44796

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STATE 044796
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O 231856Z FEB 79
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
S E C R E T STATE 044796

E.O. 12065: XDS-3 2/23/89 (VAKY, VIRON P.)
AGS: AMGT, OGEN, PEPR, PFOR, GY
SUBJECT: U.S. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REFS: (A) 78 STATE 287307 (B) STATE 26977

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2. FOLLOWING IS THE FINAL VERSION OF THE GORM STATEMENT FOR GUYANA:

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U.S. INTERESTS — A FRIENDLY, STABLE, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT ORIENTED TOWARD THE WEST WITH A CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS.

— ACCESS TO GUYANA’S RESOURCES.

— GUYANESE PARTICIPATION IN COOPERATIVE CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL RELATIONSHIPS.

— DENIAL OF THE USE OF GUYANA’S TERRITORY BY FORCES HOSTILE TO THE U.S. KEY POLICY ISSUES FACING THE U.S. IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS

— WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE U.S. RELATIONSHIP WITH GUYANA IN VIEW OF THE TROUBLING DRIFT TOWARD ONE-PARTY RULE, INCREASING EXTREMISM OF OPPOSITION GROUPS AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT BURNHAM WILL DROP FROM THE SCENE, SETTING THE STAGE FOR A POWER STRUGGLE AND INCREASED POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INSTABILITY.

— HOW TO RESOLVE POTENTIAL BILATERAL ISSUES RELATED TO JONESTOWN SUCH AS PROPERTY CLAIMS AND THE CONTINUED ACCESS OF U.S. INVESTIGATIVE AGENCIES TO PEOPLE’S TEMPLE RECORDS IN GUYANESE CUSTODY.

— HOW TO DEAL WITH INCREASED CUBAN ANDSOVIET INFLUENCE WHICH MAY RESULT FROM POLITICAL INSTABILITY. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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— IMPROVED BILATERAL RELATIONS.

— CONTINUATION OF GUYANESE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRADE UNION FREEDOMS.

— ACCESS TO BAUXITE AT REASONABLE PRICES.

— DIMINISHED FLOW OF ILLEGAL MIGRANTS TO U.S.

— THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HELPFUL GUYANESE ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF U.S. POSITIONS.

— CLARIFICATION OF GUYANESE POLICY ON PRIVATE FOREIGN INVESTMENT.

— CONTINUED COOPERATION IN RESOLVING PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JONESTOWN TRAGEDY.

— EXPLANATION OF CHANGES FROM LAST GOALS AND OBJECTIVES STATEMENT

— A HEIGHTENED CONCERN OVER FUTURE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN GUYANA IS CAUSED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S GOAL OF A MARXIST STATE WITH A NEW SOCIALIST CONSTITUTION.

— THE JONESTOWN TRAGEDY HAS ELICITED EXCELLENT COOPERATION FROM THE GUYANESE THAT SHOULD CARRY OVER TO OTHER ISSUES.

— RECENT U.S. ECONOMIC INITIATIVES IN THE CARIBBEAN AND OUR CONTINUED BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE HAVE LESSENED SUSPICION OF U.S. INTENTIONS IN GUYANA.

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