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Memorandum From the President's Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger), Washington, December 5, 1969

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Washington, December 5, 1969

Haig, at National Security Council staffer ROGER MORRIS's suggestion, proposed to Kissinger placing before the President the choice of appealing for a Christmas Humanitarian Truce in Biafra. He expected the African Bureau at the Department of State to drag its feet on the idea. Special Coordinator Clyde Ferguson, however, approved of the idea, which would strengthen the President's position for the coming tragedy. National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Subject Files, Henry A. Kissinger/Richardson Meetings, 11/12-69. Top Secret; Sensitive. Kissinger indicated on the memorandum that he had discussed the concept with Richardson and wrote “appealing idea--will make proposal.”

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