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Cablegate: Nicaragua: Amcit Property Claims Monthly Update: December 2007

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMU #0005/01 0031608
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 031608Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1889
INFO RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS MANAGUA 000005

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CEN, EB/IFD/OIA, AND L/CID
STATE ALSO FOR WHA/EPSC
STATE PASS TO USTR
TREASURY FOR INL AND OWH

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EINV ECON USTR KIDE NU
SUBJECT: NICARAGUA: AMCIT PROPERTY CLAIMS MONTHLY UPDATE: DECEMBER 2007

1. Summary: In December of the 2007-2008 waiver year, the legal
representative for the heirs of a deceased American citizen claimant
informed us that the GON resolved a claim registered in the
Embassy's Property Office database.

2. Since January 1995, the GON has resolved 2,519 Embassy-registered property claims belonging to 658 American citizens (Amcits). The Property Office database now includes 674 registered property claims belonging to 294 American citizens. Including American citizen claims not registered with the Embassy, the GON has resolved a total of 4,539 American citizen claims since January 1995. Most have involved compensation via government-issued indemnification bonds ("bonos de pago de indemnizacion" or BPIs). As of December 31, 2007, the GON had issued BPIs with a face value of $324,000,500 to Embassy-registered claimants. With the inclusion of this claim, the GON has resolved ten cases during CY07 and five this waiver year. End Summary.


EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS RESOLVED IN DECEMBER 2007
--------------------------------------------- ------

3. In December 2007, the fifth month of the 2007-2008 waiver year,
the legal representative for the heirs of a deceased American
citizen claimant informed the Embassy that the GON had resolved one
claim registered as an active case in the Embassy's Property Office
database.

Type of No. of Type of
Claimant Claim Claims Resolution
-------- ----- ------ ----------

Molina, Arturo land 1 bonds

4. On December 20, 2007, Dr. Rene Mendoza Corrales, legal
representative for the heirs of Mr. Arturo Molina Garcia, provided a
written statement to the Embassy Property Office attesting that GON
had compensated Molina with indemnification bonds (BPIs) for a rural
farm outside of Managua confiscated by the Sandinistas. The heirs
of Mr. Molina reached a settlement with the GON for BPIs with a face
value of 50,270,700 cordobas, approximately $2,600,000. We have
updated our database to reflect this settlement.

STATUS OF AMCIT PROPERTY AS OF 12/30/07
---------------------------------------

5. The following is a snapshot of current American citizens'
property claims. The Embassy maintains separate databases for
claims registered before and after the July 31, 2005, deadline in
the Consolidated Appropriations Act.


EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS NUMBER
------------------------- ------

Total Amcits with all claims resolved 658
(145 were Amcits at time of confiscation)

Total Amcits with pending claims 294
(64 were Amcits at time of confiscation)

Total Amcits registered with the Embassy 1,137
prior to July 31, 2005
(269 were Amcits at time of confiscation)

Total Amcit claims pending resolution 674
(117 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Total Amcit claims resolved 2,519
(403 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)


EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS BY CALENDAR YEAR NUMBER
------------------------------------------ ------

Claims resolved in calendar year 2007 10
(0 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2006 81
(6 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2005 126
(7 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2004 218

(11 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2003 243
(22 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2002 125
(20 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2001 175
(17 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)

Claims resolved calendar year 2000 70
(7 were claims of Amcits at time of confiscation)


EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS RESOLVED BY WAIVER YEAR NUMBER
--------------------------------------------- ---- ------

Registered claims resolved so far in 2007-08 5
(waiver year: August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008)

Registered claims resolved 2006-07 waiver year 34

Registered claims resolved 2005-06 waiver year 86

Registered claims resolved 2004-05 waiver year 187

Registered claims resolved 2003-04 waiver year 214

Registered claims resolved 2002-03 waiver year 183

Registered claims resolved 2001-02 waiver year 160

Registered claims resolved 2000-01 waiver year 142

Registered claims resolved 1999-00 waiver year 77

Registered claims resolved 1998-99 waiver year 156

Registered claims resolved 1997-98 waiver year 204

Registered claims resolved 1996-97 waiver year 145


EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS UNDER GON CONTROL NUMBER
------------------------------------------- ------

Total Amcit properties under GON control 54
(subject to revision)

GON-held claims resolved 2007-08 waiver year 0

GON-held claims resolved 2006-07 waiver year 0

GON-held claims resolved 2005-06 waiver year 3

GON-held claims resolved 2004-05 waiver year 16

GON-held claims resolved 2003-04 waiver year 12

GON-held claims resolved 2002-03 waiver year 11

GON-held claims resolved 2001-02 waiver year 26

GON-held claims resolved 2000-01 waiver year 2

GON-held claims resolved 1999-00 waiver year 2

GON-held claims resolved 1998-99 waiver year 5

GON-held claims resolved 1997-98 waiver year 29

GON-held claims resolved (total) 176


TOTAL PROPERTIES RECOVERED NUMBER
-------------------------- ------

445

TOTAL CLAIMS RESOLVED BY LAND SWAPS NUMBER
----------------------------------- ------

6

TOTAL CLAIMS COMPENSATED IN BONDS
(face value of bonds $324.5 million) NUMBER
------------------------------------- -----

1,857

NON-REGISTERED RESOLUTIONS BY WAIVER YEAR NUMBER
----------------------------------------- ------

Non-registered resolutions 2007-08 waiver year 0

Non-registered resolutions 2006-07 waiver year 12

Non-registered resolutions 2005-06 waiver year 30

Non-registered resolutions 2004-05 waiver year 0

Non-registered resolutions 2003-04 waiver year 6

Non-registered resolutions 2002-03 waiver year 22

Non-registered resolutions 2001-02 waiver year 93

Non-registered resolutions 2000-01 waiver year 300

Non-registered resolutions 1999-00 waiver year 455

Non-registered resolutions 1998-99 waiver year 310

Non-registered resolutions 1997-98 waiver year 230

Non-registered resolutions 1996-97 waiver year 208


TOTAL REGISTERED & NON-REGISTERED RESOLUTIONS NUMBER
--------------------------------------------- ------

Total number of Amcit claims resolved 4,539

NON-WAIVER CLAIMS REGISTERED AFTER JULY 31, 2005 NUMBER
--------------------------------------------- --- ------

Total Amcit claimants registered with Embassy 12
(1 was an Amcit at time of confiscation)

Total Amcit claims pending resolution 18
(1 was a claim of an Amcit at time of confiscation)

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