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Cablegate: Noaa R/V R.H. Brown Permitting in Progress

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R 301436Z MAY 07
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5622
INFO RUEHBO/AMEMBASSY BOGOTA 4692
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 7362
RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES 2900
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 0423
RUEHLP/AMEMBASSY LA PAZ MAY QUITO 1238
RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO 1301
RUEHZP/AMEMBASSY PANAMA 0837
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
RUEHC/DEPT OF INTERIOR WASHINGTON DC
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS

UNCLAS LIMA 001884

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

USEU FOR DCM MCKINLEY
DEPT FOR WHA/AND, EPSC AND OES/ETC,ENV
BRASILIA FOR ESTH HUB - J STORY
SAN JOSE FOR ESTH HUB - B LINK
INTERIOR FOR USFWS/R GABEL
OES/OA FOR ETIRPAK/RBARNES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KVRC TPHY EWWT SENV PE
SUBJECT: NOAA R/V R.H. BROWN PERMITTING IN PROGRESS

REF: STATE 58664

1. (U) Summary: ESTHoff delivered request for R/V Ronald H. Brown to
conduct research in Peruvian waters in October 2007, via diplomatic
note to the MFA on May 11, with copies to relevant GOP agencies. In
discussions with GOP agencies over the past several days, all agreed
to make the permit process as smooth as possible. It will be
important to secure berthing for at least one (and preferably more)
Peruvian scientists on the cruise. End Summary.

2. (U) ESTHoff delivered discussed Reftel demarche with MFA'S
Director for Maritime Affairs and International Whaling Commission
(IWC) Commissioner Doris Sotamayor on May ESTHoff delivered request
for R/V Ronald H. Brown to conduct research in Peruvian waters in
October 2007, via diplomatic note with NOAA documents as
attachments, to the MFA on May 11, with copies to relevant GOP
agencies: IMARPE, the GOP's marine research agency, and PRODUCE, the
Ministry of Production that includes the Vice Ministry of Fisheries.
ESTHoff met with Sotamayor on May 21 to discuss the request. Also
in attendance were Minister Counselor Liliana Gomez (soon to leave
for another diplomatic posting) and action officer Jorge Garazatua,
who will be first MFA POC for vessel clearances for the coming year.
Sotamayor agreed that all would work together to make the
permitting process as smooth as possible. IMARPE Director Admiral
---- also expressed satisfaction at the news of the R/V's planned
cruise, saying its work would be important for climate change
studies.

3. Sotamayor noted that it was critical that at least one, and
preferably more Peruvian scientists be given a berth for the voyage.
ESTHoff replied that normally NOAA had space for one scientist but
would investigate space for more. (Note: an IMARPE scientist
accompanied the voyage of NOAA vessel North Star last year; MFA and
IMARPE contacts were quite appreciative. End Note.) Also important
was eventual receipt of whatever written results were produced.

Finally, Sotamayor said that the GOP needed a vessel itinerary
signed by the responsible chief scientist or vessel master; a
scanned signature emailed to post will be sufficient with eventual
delivery of hard copy to follow.

4. Post main point of contact for the permitting process is Esteban
Sandoval, sandovalej@state.gov, telephone 51-1 618-2417. The other
POC is ESTHoff Hal Howard, howardhh@state.gov, 618-2414 until June
8. After June 8 the new ESTHoff contact is Marcos Mandojana,
mandojanamc@state.gov, 618-2411.
STRUBLE

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