CABLE TO STATE RE LAO BORDER OPERATIONS

Created: 12/1/1963

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TO STATE EVES ONLY FOR RUSK, HARRIHAN, BALL, KILSHAN, HUGHES

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HONOLULU FOR

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' THIS IS THE SECOND OF THREE MESSAGES III RESPONSE TO REFERENCE AND DEALS WITH LAO BORDER OPERATIONS.

2. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUPPORT OF PARAMILITARY OPERATIONS INTO SOUTHERN LAOS, BE TRANSFERRED FROM CAS TO MACV

i. THE ASSETS NECESSARY FOR CROSS BORDER OPERATIONS HAVE IN THE PAST, BEEN BASED UPON AND DRAHN FROM THE BORDER SURVEILLANCE ASSETS AND POSTS NOH UNDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MACV. IT WOULDNNECESSARILY COMPLICATED EITHER TO TRY TO ESTABLISH AN ENTIRE SEPARATE SET OF ASSETS AND LAUNCHING BASES FORDIR OPERATIONS OR ALTERNATIVELY TO NEGOTIATE THE AVAILABILITY OF SUCH ASSETS FOR CSOSS BORDER MISSIONS ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. MACV,. SPECIAL FORCES, IS CAPABLE AND EXPERIENCED IN DIRECTING AND OPERATING THE TYPE OF OPERATIONS INVOLVED IN THIS CROSS BORDER ACTIVITY.

i.. THE PRIMARY FACTOR WHICH WOULD SUCCEST THE DESIRA3ILITY OF CONTINUED CAS PARTICIPATION IS (THE DESIRABILITYLOSE) POLICY CONTROL AND CLEARANCE SYSTEM FOR CROSS BORDER OPERATIONS

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IHC CONSULTATION UITK THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR IN VIENTIANE, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, ETC. IT -IS SUGGESTED THAT THIS REGU1HEMIN COULD BE SATISFIED BY Till: FOLLOWING ACTIONS*

A ZONE EXTENDING UP TOINTO LAOS FROM THE BORDER IN CHICKeE RUN HITHOUT INDIVIDUAL CLEARANCE. FEEL IT NECESSARY TO EXCLUDE CERTAIN AREAS FROMBUT THE PRINCIPLE WOULD BE NONETHELESS APPLICABLE.

WILL UNDERTAKE TO INFORM THESAIGON FULLY OH PLANS AND OPERATIONS WITHIN THIS ZONE

SO THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND AHEMBASSY VIENTIANE COULD BE KEPT CURRENT ON THESE ACTIVITIES. PLANS FOR OPERATIONS OUTSIDE THE SPECIFIED ZONE WOULD BE PROCESSEDBY MACV AND AMErtBASSY THROUGH MILITARY AND STATE CHANNELS FOR WASHINGTON POLICY CLEARANCE.

5. WE WILL BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS THIS ATOVEMBER BONO CONFERENCE. CP-1

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