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Cablegate: Leahy Vetting for Sri Lankan Participant In

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O 130343Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6241

UNCLAS COLOMBO 000837

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS, SCA/RA AND DRL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM MASS CE
SUBJECT: LEAHY VETTING FOR SRI LANKAN PARTICIPANT IN
PACIFIC ARMY CHIEFS CONFERENCE

REF: A. STATE 21314

B. 03 STATE 34981

1. (U) This is an action request. Please see paragraph 4.

2. (SBU) The following Sri Lankan official has been nominated
to attend the following course of instruction:

Funding Source: ODC
Course Name: Pacific Army Chiefs Conference
Course Dates: August 4-10, 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Response: 6 July 2007

NAME: Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal FONSEKA
Rank: Commander of the Sri Lankan Army
DOB: December 18, 1950
POB: Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
Nationality: Sri Lanka
Passport Number: D1943787
Passport Issue Date: April 18, 2006

3. (SBU) Embassy has checked post records and other
available databases for allegations of gross human rights
abuses committed by this candidate and has found no evidence
of such allegations against him personally for any specific
incidents.

4. (SBU) Action Request: Embassy asks that the Department
review its files to determine if there is credible evidence
of gross human rights violations against this candidate.
BLAKE

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