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Ceylon,   pp. 2013-2084 PDF (27.4 MB)


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CEYLON
UNITED STATES POLICY WITH RESPECT TO CEYLON: INTEREST IN
  ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES IN CEYLON; CON-
  CERN OVER THE SHIPMENT OF RUBBER FROM CEYLON TO COM-
  MUNIST CHINA'
611.46E/2-1351
               Department of State Policy Statement 2
TOP SECRET                         [WASHINGTON,] February 13, 1951.
                               CEYLON
                            A. OBJECTIVES
   Our fundamental objectives with respect to Ceylon are the develop-
ment of enduring friendly relations, the continuance in power of a
non-Communist government, the continuance of Ceylon's close re-
lationship with the UK and the Commonwealth, and the strengthening
of Ceylon's ability and determination to maintain peace and resist
Communist imperialism. We would like to see Ceylon develop an atti-
tude which would enable the US to obtain, and the UK to retain,
facilities required in time of peace or in the event of war, and which
would prevent the USSR from obtaining any form of military sup-
port or other assistance from Ceylon. We desire increased Ceylonese
responsibility for the solution of its problems, and further develop-
ment of economic and political institutions along democratic lines.
                             B. POLICIES
  It is US policy to encourage Ceylon to maintain its close ties with
the Commonwealth, to expand its foreign relations, and to develop a
sense of responsibility in the field of foreign affairs. Ceylon may
be expected to uphold the UK-Commonwealth point of view in this
field.
  'For related material, see pp. 1650 f.
  2Department of State Policy Statements comprised a category of documents
summarizing the current United States policy toward, the relations of principal
powers with, and the issues and trends in a particular country or region.
The
Statements were intended to provide information and guidance for officers
in
missions abroad. They were generally prepared by ad hoc working groups in
the
responsible geographic offices of the Department of State, were referred
to the
appropriate diplomatic missions abroad for comment and criticism, and were
periodically revised.
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