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Cablegate: Embassy Nicosia Eac Lebanon Crisis Update May 12

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DEPT FOR D, P, M, DS, S/CT, CA, EUR, A, IO, S/ES, DS/CC,
DS/IP/EUR, LEBANON MONITORING GROUP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC CASC PREL PGOV LE CY
SUBJECT: EMBASSY NICOSIA EAC LEBANON CRISIS UPDATE MAY 12
1100 HRS

REF: A. NICOSIA 292
B. NICOSIA 293
C. NICOSIA 294

1. (SBU) Summary: At 1100 hrs local on May 12, Ambassador
Schlicher called an Emergency Action Committee (EAC) meeting
to discuss the latest political developments in Lebanon,
follow up on last week's EAC meetings (reftel A, B,and C) and
discuss preparations for scenarios ranging from the
deployment of the Beirut Air Bridge (BAB) to a full-blown
NEO. Public Affairs is working with EUCOM on strategic public
affairs communications. Post will submit revised
resource/staffing requests to Washington later today. Two
staff from Embassy Nicosia will arrive from Lebanon via boat
later tonight. The RSO introduced concerns regarding the new
security contractor at Larnaca International Airport. The
DAO and CONS designated Points of Contact (POCs) for the
Beirut Air Bridge. The next EAC meeting will be OOB May 13.
End Summary.


Supporting the BAB
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2. (SBU) DAO confirmed that assets are in place for a BAB.
He named the DAO's designated POCs for the BAB, Allen Fulcher
and Dan Owen. CONS named its designated POC, Andreas
Andreou, as well. PAS stated that it had been coordinating
with EUCOM on strategic communications for a BAB.


Staffing Concerns
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3. (SBU) The DCM requested that section heads refine
resource requests for submission to Washington May 12. Two
members of the Embassy Nicosia staff will arrive via the slow
boat from Lebanon to Cyprus the evening of May 12.


Security Concerns
-----------------
4. (SBU) The RSO introduced concerns about the new security
contractor at Larnaca International Airport, which is reputed
to have ties to organized crime.


Next Meeting
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5. (SBU) The next EAC meeting will be held OOB May 13.

SCHLICHER

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