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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered On Travel Restriction Requirements In

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RR RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHDBU #0493 1001024
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 091024Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0376
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0119
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 0092
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0065
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0057

UNCLAS DUSHANBE 000493

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR SCA/CEN, ISN/RA RISA MONGIELLO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MNUC KNNP UNSC IR TI
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON TRAVEL RESTRICTION REQUIREMENTS IN
UNSCRS 1737, 1747, 1803

REF: STATE 033674

1. (SBU) PolOff and ConOff delivered the demarche on UNSCRs 1737,
1747 and 1803 to Yatimsho Musofirov, the Deputy Head of the Consular
Department of the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We gave
Musofirov a non-paper detailing the points raised in reftel, and
described the measures the United States is taking to ensure a de
facto travel ban on all designated officials. Musofirov said he
would forward the information we provided to the appropriate
offices. He was not in a position to comment specifically on
Tajikistan's efforts to implement the provisions.


2. (SBU) Musofirov did explain, however, that the State Committee on
National Security is charged with overall implementation of travel
restrictions. In situations such as this, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs would alert the State Committee about the travel provisions,
and the State Committee would enter the information into a computer
system that officials use to screen those who enter the country.
The computer system is linked to those used by the other members of
the Commonwealth of Independent States; names and information
entered by other former Soviet countries would automatically be
included in this system.

3. (SBU) Musofirov mentioned that some border posts do not have
access to the computer system (Note: in fact, only the Dushanbe
International Airport is currently connected.) This is not
necessarily a defect in the system, as Iranians need visas to enter
the country, and Tajik consular officers abroad have access to the
necessary information through the Consular Department (with whom
they would need to consult).

4. (SBU) Musofirov also told us about the Ministry's plans to seek
assistance from the International Organization for Migration, World
Bank, Turkish Embassy, and other potential donors to improve
computer and information systems. We have nominated Musofirov for
an International Visitor Leadership Program on consular issues
scheduled for June, but he does not yet know whether he will be
allowed to participate.

5. (U) Point of contact on this issue is Greg Naarden,
NaardenGL2@state.gov.

JACOBSON

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