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Tuesday, 29th May 2012

The US & the Falklands War: the US 'tilt' towards Britain (30 Apr 1982)

Source: Margaret Thatcher Foundation (UK)

On 2 Apr 1982 Argentina invaded the Falklands. This wholly unexpected event, the seizure by force of British people and territory, generated a crisis of great intensity in the UK, one almost existential in character.

margaretthatcher.org has already published many documents relating to the war from a range of sources, particularly the US, and we continue that process with the most significant to date: the newly-released record of the National Security Council meeting on 30 Apr 1982 that terminated the 'Haig shuttle' - explicit US mediation between the two sides - and decided on a 'tilt' in US policy towards the UK.

The key British files on the war are due for release at the end of 2012.

+ Minutes of National Security Council meeting, April 30, 1982 (PDF; 1.6 MB)

+ Historical background


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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