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Cablegate: Embassy Colombo Eac Meeting 06/09/2008

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DE RUEHLM #0563 1611119
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R 091119Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8261
INFO RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 2095

UNCLAS COLOMBO 000563

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

DEPARTMENT FOR DS/IP/RD/SCA, DS/DSS/ITA AND SA/INS
NEW DELHI FOR LEGAL ATTACHE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC CASC PTER
SUBJECT: EMBASSY COLOMBO EAC MEETING 06/09/2008

REF: A. RSO COLOMBO DS SPOT REPORT (BUS BOMBING
POLGOLLA) 06/06/2008
B. COLOMBO 554

1. (SBU) Summary: AmEmbassy Colombo convened an Emergency
Action Committee (EAC) meeting on June 9, 2008. The EAC
discussed post's security posture and advice to the general
American community in light of the most recent terrorist
attacks attributed to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE). The EAC agreed that the most recent incidents did
not warrant changes in post's current security posture in
view of the terrorist threat. However, the EAC recommended
that post revise the Consular Information Sheet (CIS) to
include some of the more recent events. End summary.

2. (SBU) On June 9, 2008, AmEmbassy Colombo convened a
meeting of the core EAC. Present for the meeting were the
Charge, d,Affaires, Acting DCM, RSO, MGT, RAO, POL, CON,
PD, ECON, and USAID. The agenda items for the meeting were:

-- Post's security profile in light of recent LTTE terrorist
attacks (reftel)

-- Post's advice to the broader American community in light
of these events

3. (SBU) The EAC concurred that all available information
continues to indicate that the LTTE will target neither
Americans, American interests, nor Western interests
generally. The threat to both the official and expatriate
American communities remains being caught in the proximity of
an attack. The June 6 attacks in Polgolla (ref. A) and
Moratuwa (ref. B) both occurred on public transport buses.
Other recent bombings in Dehiwala and Wellawatte occurred on
a train and on the railroad tracks, respectively. Embassy
security policy prohibits the official American community
from using public modes of transportation such as buses or
trains. Post's Travel Warning and warden messages inform the
general American community of the Embassy policy and advise
Americans to avoid using buses and trains. In that respect,
the EAC agreed that post's security policies and advice to
the American community was sufficiently detailed vis-a-vis
the actual threat. However, the EAC agreed that the Consular
Section could update the CIS to include information regarding
some of the more recent attacks.

4. (SBU) Ref. B (para. 3) mentioned press reports concerning
the discovery and defusing of a time-delayed improvised
explosive device (IED) found along the "Airport Road" in
Ragama, northeast of Colombo. RSO sources in the Sri Lanka
Police Service confirmed the press reports of the IED
discovery. However, the sources noted that road on which
police discovered the IED was not Highway A-3 (the main
north-south route from Colombo to Bandaranaike International
Airport). The location of the discovery was actually on the
Ragama Road, a secondary road that runs between the A-3 and
Ragama town and known by locals as the "Airport Road."

5. (U) Post will continue to monitor the security environment
and will report further developments septel. POC for this
message is RSO Michael V. Perkins, who may be contacted at
94.11.249.8885, 94.11.249.8888 (MSG Post 1 after regular
business hours), or via the classified and unclassified email
systems.
MOORE

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