[Editor’s note: This is a State Department cable that was included in the FBI’s 2009 RYMUR release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It was not included in the State Department’s own release, but we have included identifying information for it using the agency’s designations.
[The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE298802_d.htm.]
INFO OCT-01 SCS-06 CA-01 ISO-00 L-03 H-02 FBIE-00 CIAE-00 INR-10 NSAE-00 SSO-00 INRE-00 PA-02 ICAE-00 /040 R
DRAFTED BY ARA:JDIETRICH/RZIMMERMANN
APPROVED BY ARA:JBUSHNELL
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O 251718Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
CINCSOUTHCOM QUARRY HTS CZ IMMEDIATE
CINCMAC SCOTT AFB IL IMMEDIATE
USREDCOM/RCJ2 MACDILL AFB FL IMMEDIATE
USCINCARRED FT MCPHERSON GA IMMEDIATE
CDR 18TH AIRBORNE CRPS FT BRAGG NC IMMEDIATE
SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2115
JCS WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1713
UNCLAS STATE 298802
E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN, LEO), GY
SUBJECT: PRESS GUIDANCE FOR QUESTION ABOUT NON-U.S. CITIZEN CHILDREN DEAD BEING TRANSPORTED TO U.S.
1. In event questions are asked about non-U.S. citizen children dead transported to the U.S., you should use following guidance.
2. Begin quote: We are in contact with Guyanese authori-
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ties to determine if any of the dead children were in fact Guyanese citizens. Once identification is made in any case we shall be in touch with the next of kin, wherever in the world they may be. There would be no difficulty in releasing the remains to the family involved if that is what is desired. End quote.
Christopher [Acting Secretary of State Warren Christopher]