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Cablegate: Uzbekistan: Procedures for Transit Via

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHNT #0374 0881012
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 281012Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY TASHKENT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9442
INFO RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT PRIORITY 3855
RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ASTANA PRIORITY 0068
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK PRIORITY 4470
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 0337
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 0296
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE PRIORITY 0348
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 4064
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY 2335
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 0376
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 1772
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS TASHKENT 000374

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL NATO MARR GM AF UZ
SUBJECT: UZBEKISTAN: PROCEDURES FOR TRANSIT VIA
UZBEK-GERMAN AIR BASE AT TERMEZ

REF: TASHKENT 132

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED -- PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY

1. (U) This is an action request. Please see paragraph 2.

2. (SBU) Post requests assistance in notifying Allied Joint
Forces Command (JFC) Headquarters to disseminate required
procedures for personnel transiting Uzbekistan territory via
the Uzbek-German Air Base in Termez. Post also requests the
Department's and Embassy Kabul's assistance in disseminating
correct information to relevant audiences. The procedures
apply to all U.S. military and diplomatic personnel assigned
to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and/or
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) duty seeking
transit through Termez when traveling on official business
into and out of Afghanistan through Uzbekistan.

3. (SBU) The United States has only recently begun to
exercise the "case-by-case" transit rights extended recently
by the Government of Uzbekistan, and in each instance where
U.S. personnel assigned to NATO/ISAF seek transit via Termez
Airbase, the following procedures apply:

(a) Each transit at present is considered on a case-by-case
basis, and requests must first be submitted to the Defense
Attache Office (DAO) of Embassy Tashkent for review;

(b) The Embassy will then inform and seek transit permission
from the Government of Uzbekistan by way of diplomatic note;

(c) Under the present agreement with the Government of
Uzbekistan, the right of transit via Termez Airbase is
strictly for U.S. personnel assigned to NATO/ISAF in the
conduct of official business. Contractors are not authorized
to use this air bridge.

4. (U) Embassy Tashkent greatly appreciates assistance in
this matter from the Department, Embassy Kabul, and the Joint
Forces Command to ensure any transit by U.S. personnel via
Termez Airbase is in accordance with the criteria of the
transit agreement as understood by the Government of
Uzbekistan.
NORLAND

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