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Cablegate: Indonesia Transportation Minister Meeting

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R 190645Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5154
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 6052
INFO RUEHZS/ASEAN COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS JAKARTA 001690

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DEPT PASS FAA HQ
DEPT ALSO PASS NTSB FOR MACINTIRE/BENZON/ENGLISH
DEPT FOR EAP/MTS AND EB/TRA/AN
SINGAPORE FOR FAA-WALSH
SINGAPORE FOR TSA-SAHAGIAN

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TAGS: EAIR ECON ETRD ID
SUBJECT: INDONESIA TRANSPORTATION MINISTER MEETING

REFTEL: A)JAKARTA 13617, B)JAKARTA 00015, C)JAKARTA 00023, D)JAKARTA
00050, E)JAKARTA 00108

1. (U) Summary. Charge d'Affaires met with newly appointed
Minister of Transportation, Jusman Syafi'i Djalil on June 15 to
discuss a variety of transportation issues. The Minister welcomed
the July 9 date for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
technical review and hopes it and the July 2 Bali aviation donors
conference will continue positive momentum in aviation safety. The
Minister discussed the stalled recovery of the flight data recorder
("black box") from the Adam Air flight which crashed into the ocean
on January 1. He said there is still no signed contract for
recovery, however, Adam Air and Phoenix International are working
toward a possible solution. The Minister and Charge also discussed
the impending U.S. Coast Guard International Ship and Port Facility
Code (ISPS) demarche. Minister Djalil said that in the short term
the GOI will focus on increasing ISPS compliance at a core number of
larger international ports. End Summary.

Increasing Aviation Safety & Security
-------------------------------------

2. (U) Minister Djalil stated that the Government of Indonesia (GOI)
has taken positive steps on aviation safety in recent months and
also said the publicized airline ratings and other actions, "show a
systematic approach to increasing aviation safety". The GOI will
host an aviation donors' conference for partner country governments
and private organizations on July 2 in Bali in order to open a
dialog on aviation safety improvements. The President of the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will attend and
address the conference and may meet with President Yudhoyono.
Minister Djalil reiterated Indonesia's goal to capture a category
three ICAO council seat and asked whether the United States will
support Indonesia in this endeavor. Minister Djalil also expressed
thanks for FAA assistance and confirmed the July 9 date for the
Technical Review.

3. (U) The Minister supports the Directorate General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA) goal of promoting aviation security to a directorate
level position and thereby increasing the power and visibility of
aviation security enforcement. The DGCA also committed to take a
15-20 member team comprised of DGCA, state run airport authority,
and airport administration personnel to the United States to meet
with the Transportation Security Administration and observe U.S.
airport security in August.

Adam Air
--------

4. (U) Minister Djalil said that the GOI took to heart the
statements of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Chairman during the recent Director General of Civil Aviation's trip
to Washington. The GOI brought Adam Air and Phoenix International
(an American ROV company) together to discuss timing of a potential
recovery of the flight data recorder from the Adam Air crash on
January 1 (reftels). Although there is no signed contract as of
yet, Adam Air and Phoenix agreed that a remotely operated vehicle
will be available the second week of July, however it was not clear
if funds were committed for the ROV. The Minister predicted the
black boxes would be recovered at the end of July or early August
however, Adam Air continues to search for a platform ship for
recovery operations.

Port Security Heads Up
----------------------

5. (U) We informed the Minister of the contents of the impending
ISPS demarche and the possible ramifications if Indonesia is not
found to be ISPS compliant 90 days after demarche delivery. The
Charge made it clear that this meeting did not constitute the
demarche per se, but that we anticipated instruction on the issue
soon. The Minister was aware of the issue and the possibility of
demarche and thanked the U.S. Coast Guard for past assistance on the
issue. He appreciated the Coast Guard's port visit out-briefs as
the GOI successfully used them to conduct improvement audits on the
ports visited. He added that with over 100 international ports, the
GOI plans to focus ISPS compliance in the short term on a smaller
core group of larger international ports. Minister Djalil also
stated his view that the main challenge to safety and security in
Indonesian ports is the lack of one clear authority over any
individual port. The Ministry is currently discussing increasing
the authority of the DGST port administrators (AdPels) with port
stakeholders and is optimistic an agreement will be forthcoming.

HEFFERN

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