Margaret P.

Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006

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SECRET PAGE 01 DACCA 05304 030954Z 21 ACTION NODS-00 INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 /001 W --------------------- 106762 Z 030850Z NOV 75 FM AMEMBASSY DACCA TO SECSTATE WASHDC FLASH 8534 S E C R E T DACCA 5304 NODIS E.O. 11652: XGDS-1 TAGS: PINT, PINS, SREF, BG SUBJECT: POSSIBLE REQUEST FOR ASYLUM FOR PRESIDENT MOSHTAQUE AHMED, TWO COUP MAJORS, AND PERHAPS OTHERS IN PRESIDENT'S RETINUE 1. THE PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT, MAHBULE ALAM CHASHI, CALLED ME AT 1420 LOCAL TIME TO SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD DIRECTED HIM TO INQUIRE WHETHER, IF SITUATION SHOULD SO DEMAND, "CERTAIN PERSONS IN BANGLADESH" COULD BE GIVEN ASYLUM. WOULD THAT BE ACCEPTABLE TO US, HE ASKED. I ASKED IF THE PERSONS REFERRED TO WERE THE TWO MAJORS (FAROOQ AND RASHID) AND THE SECRETARY REPLIED YES. 2. I SAID IT WAS NOT OUR USUAL PRACTICE TO GRANT ASYLUM OVERSEAS AND THUS COULD NOT GIVE HIM AN ENCOURAGING REPLY. IN VIEW OF THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION, HOWEVER, AND AS HE WAS CALLING AT THE DIRECTION OF THE PRESIDENT, I SAID I COULD NOT GIVE A FINAL REPLY BUT WOULD LOOK INTO IT. 3. THE SECRETARY SAID THAT TIME IS MOVING VERY FAST AND THEY ARE IN AN AWKWARD POSITION. I ASKED WHAT THE TIMING WAS AND THE SECRETARY REPLIED THAT IF AT ALL IT HAS TO BE SOME TIME THIS EVENING -- BY SUNDOWN (0618 WASHINGTON TIME, NOVEMBER 3). 4. THE SECRETARY ADVISED THAT BEYOND THE TWO MAJORS THE PRESIDENT MIGHT ALSO WISH TO FOLLOW THEIR COURSE. SECRET SECRET PAGE 02 DACCA 05304 030954Z I ASKED HIM TO REPEAT THAT AND THE SECRETARY

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006
REITERATED THAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF MAY WISH TO ACT AT THE SAME TIME AND REQUEST ASYLUM, AS WELL AS SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S COLLEAGUES. 5. SECRETARY CHASHI CALLED ME BACK AT 1425 TO CLARIFY THE FOLLOWING POINT. HE SAID THE ARRANGMENTS DESCRIBED TO ME WERE CONDITIONAL ON A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT WITH THE FORCES WITH WHOM THEY WERE NEGOTIATING. HE EXPLAINED, PARTLY IN ANSWER TO MY QUESTIONS, THE WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND WAS TEMPORARY ACCOMODATION WITHIN THE PROTECTION OF OUR MISSION, FOLLOWED BY A TRANSFER TO A THIRD COUNTRY WHICH NEED NOT BE THE UNITED STATES -- HE MENTIONED SPECIFICALLY THE U.K. TO MY QUESTION WHETHER THEY WERE MAKING THIS REQUEST OF ANY OTHER POWER, HE SAID THEY WERE NOT. HE SAID THEY HAD BEEN MINDFUL OF OUR SYMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS GOVERNMENT IN THE PAST AND WERE THEREFORE TURNING TO US. I WARNED HIM THAT TIME WAS EXTREMELY SHORT TO HANDLE SUCH A REQUEST BUT WOULD BE BACK IN TOUCH WITH HIM AS SOON AS I COULD. 6. PLEASE INSTRUCT IMMEDIATELY. I SHOULD IF AT ALL POSSIBLE BE IN A POSITION TO GIVE SOME KIND OF REPLY WITHIN THE NEXT THREE HOURS. BOSTER

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Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006

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Automatic Decaptioning: X Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 Channel Indicators: n/a Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Concepts: GOVERNMENT OVERTHROW, PRESIDENT, POLITICAL ASYLUM, POLITICAL LEADERS, POLITICAL SITUATION, CAT-C Control Number: n/a Copy: SINGLE Draft Date: 03 NOV 1975 Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960 Decaption Note: Disposition Action: RELEASED Disposition Approved on Date: Disposition Authority: KelleyW0 Disposition Case Number: n/a Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004 Disposition Event: Disposition History: n/a Disposition Reason: Disposition Remarks: Document Number: 1975DACCA05304 Document Source: CORE Document Unique ID: 00 Drafter: n/a Enclosure: n/a Executive Order: X1 Errors: N/A Film Number: P850106-2554 From: DACCA Handling Restrictions: n/a Image Path: ISecure: 1 Legacy Key: link1975/newtext/t19751181/aaaacuvd.tel Line Count: 85 Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM Office: ACTION NODS Original Classification: SECRET Original Handling Restrictions: n/a Original Previous Classification: n/a Original Previous Handling Restrictions: NODIS Page Count: 2 Previous Channel Indicators: n/a Previous Classification: SECRET Previous Handling Restrictions: NODIS Reference: n/a Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED Review Authority: KelleyW0 Review Comment: n/a Review Content Flags: Review Date: 04 AUG 2003 Review Event: Review Exemptions: n/a Review History: RELEASED <04 AUG 2003 by izenbei0>; APPROVED <24 NOV 2003 by KelleyW0> Review Markings: Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006 Review Media Identifier: Review Referrals: n/a Review Release Date: n/a Review Release Event: n/a Review Transfer Date: Review Withdrawn Fields: n/a Secure: OPEN Status: NATIVE Subject: POSSIBLE REQUEST FOR ASYLUM FOR PRESIDENT MOSHTAQUE AHMED, TWO COUP MAJORS, AND PERHAPS OTHERS IN PRESIDENT'S RETINUE TAGS: SREF, PINT, PINS, US, BG, (FAROOQ), (RASHID), (MUSHTAQUE AHMED, KHONDAKAR) To: STATE Type: TE Markings: Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 06 JUL 2006

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