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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Firm Refuses to Allow Pre-License

VZCZCXRO3939
PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHLZ
DE RUEHMZ #0347 1550538
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 040538Z JUN 07
FM AMCONSUL MUNICH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3982
INFO RUCNFRG/FRG COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS MUNICH 000347

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT. FOR PM/DTTC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR AND EUR/AGS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC GM
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: FIRM REFUSES TO ALLOW PRE-LICENSE
CHECK ON APPLICATIONS 05-050040157 & 05-050042795

REF: STATE 53580

1. (SBU) Following repeated attempts to schedule an acceptable date
for ConGen POL/ECON Officer and LES to visit Oberland Arms, the firm
refused our requested visit via the following e-mail, translated
from German:

Begin text:
Dear Dr. Wilhelm (LES Econ Specialist) -- Thank you for your
patience in this matter. After careful deliberations we have
decided to not provide U.S. authorities access to our firm's
documents. The reasons (for denying access) are that our clients
are entitled to data protection and that we need to safeguard our
firm's secrets.

We will cancel both orders and will ask our U.S. suppliers to
withdraw applications for export approval.

We can understand that the U.S. is interested in monitoring
cross-border trade. To make sure that U.S. export/ re-export
regulations are observed we have added the following reference to
our website (http://www.oberlandarms.com/index.php):

According to U.S. Export Law, Oberland Arms OHG is not selling
Products, Parts or Components of U.S. origin outside of Germany.
Parts of German/European origin that contain U.S. Parts, are also
only sold in Germany.

Furthermore I registered for a course at the foreign trade academy,
register form attached (for a July course on U.S. export control
laws).

I hope that you can understand our decision.

Regards,
Frank Satzinger
End text.

2. (U) This report has been coordinated with Embassy Berlin.

3. (U) Previous reporting from Munich is available on our SIPRNET
website at www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/munich/ .

NELSON

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