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Cablegate: Usg, Goi Sign Agreement for Regional Volcano Observatory

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RR RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHJA #0543 0770912
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 170912Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8363
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 1675
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 4826
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 2182
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RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0835
RUEHC/DEPT OF INTERIOR WASHDC

UNCLAS JAKARTA 000543

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR IO, OES/EGC, OES/IET AND EAP/MTS
DEPT ALSO PASS TO DEPT OF INTERIOR/USGS/PALLISTER

E.O. 12598: N/A
TAGS: EAID TPHY ECON PREL ID
SUBJECT: USG, GOI SIGN AGREEMENT FOR REGIONAL VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

1. (U) Summary. On March 14, Ambassador Hume and the Head of the
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources' (MOE) Geological Agency,
Bambang Dwiyanto, signed an agreement to establish a regional
volcano observatory in North Sulawesi. The U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) will implement the agreement in partnership with the MOE.
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Purnomo Yusgiantoro,
presided over the ceremony at the Ministry's offices in Jakarta.
Local and regional media carried the story. End Summary.

NEW AGREEMENT CONTINUES USGS/GOI COOPERATION
--------------------------------------------- --

2. (U) The new agreement is the fifth annex under the umbrella
US-GOI Science and Technology Multihazards MOU, signed during the
POTUS visit in November 2006. The annex covers joint work by the
MOE Geological Agency's Center for Volcanology and Geologic Hazard
Mitigation (CVGM) and the USGS/USAID Office of Foreign Disaster
Assistance (OFDA) Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP). Under
the agreement, the planned regional volcano observatory would
monitor the 11 active volcanoes in North Sulawesi and the Sangihe
Islands.

MEDIA COVERAGE
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3. (U) A brief press conference followed the MOU signing ceremony.
Several print publications carried the story, including "The Jakarta
Post", "Seputar Indonesia", "Jurnal Nasional", and "Suara Karya".
Photos with brief captions on the event appeared in "Republika",
"Investor Daily", "Sinar Harapan", and "Bisnis Indonesia".
Indonesian daily newswire "Antara" and Chinese news service "Xinhua"
also printed the story.


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