(1) Cover note:
The White House,
The President has seen 12/22/88
1988 DEC 22 PM 12:11
RECOMMENDED TELEPHONE CALL
TO: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
DATE: December 22, 1988
RECOMMENDED BY: Colin L. Powell
PURPOSE: To thank Mrs. Thatcher for her expression of sorrow over the Pan Am 103 tragedy.
SECURE OR OPEN: Open line call
INTERPRETER: None required.
PHONE NUMBER: [Witheld by editor.]
CONTACT PERSON: Charles Powell, Special Assistant to the PM
TIME DIFFERENCE: +5 hours
SUGGESTED TIMES: 1:00pm – 1:15pm
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: Pan Am Flight 103 Tragedy. (See attached points to be made)
Date of submission: December 22, 1988
ACTION: [RR annotated:]“Call Made”
(2) Talking Points:
POINTS TO BE MADE WITH PRIME MINISTER THATCHER
— Margaret, I understand you have just returned from the site of the Pan Am crash.
— I want to thank you for your expression of sorrow on the Pan Am 103 tragedy.
— On behalf of the American people, I also want to thank the rescue workers who responded so quickly and courageously.
— Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this accident, both the passengers on the plane and the villagers in Scotland