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Cablegate: Ecuador Gives Official Notification to Terminate

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS MOPS PREL EC
SUBJECT: ECUADOR GIVES OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION TO TERMINATE
MANTA FOL AGREEMENT

1. (SBU) The Embassy received a faxed copy of a diplomatic
note from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July
29, 2008, at 6:36pm notifying of the GOE's decision to
terminate the Agreement of Cooperation on the Manta
Forwarding Operating Location (FOL). Minutes before the MFA
sent the fax, the MFA issued a press bulletin confirming that
the MFA had officially notified the USG of its decision. The
original diplomatic note was given personally by the Acting
Foreign Minister Jose Valencia to the Charge on July 30. We
have sent an electronic copy of the diplomatic note and annex
to WHA/AND. Following is the Embassy's unofficial
translation of the diplomatic note.

2. (U) Begin text of diplomatic note:

Note No. 38387 ) GM-SSNRF

THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, COMMERCE AND INTEGRATION
presents its compliments to the Honorable Embassy of the
United States of America, with the purpose to refer to the
Agreement of Cooperation Between the Government of the
Republic of Ecuador and the Government of the United States
of America Concerning United States Access to and Use of
Installations at the Ecuadorian Air Force Base in Manta for
Aerial Counter-Narcotics Activities.

In this regard and according to the conversations held
between representatives of both countries, the Government of
the Republic of Ecuador officially communicates to the
Honorable Embassy of the United States of America, its
decision to terminate the agreement subscribed on November
12, 1999. Likewise, and based on understandings attained,
the operations conducted by the Forward Operating Location
(FOL) in the Manta Base will be suspended beginning the month
of August 2009, and the Forward Operating Location (FOL) will
be withdrawn, permanently, from the Ecuadorian Air Force
Base, FAE, in Manta, in the month of November of that same
year, in accordance with the attached timeline.

In conformity with the provisions of the Agreement (Art. 12)
the installations where the Manta FOL currently operates will
be transferred to the corresponding authority of the
Ecuadorian Air Force.

THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, COMMERCE AND INTEGRATION
takes this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs the assurance of its highest consideration

Quito, July 29, 2008

To the Honorable
Embassy of the United States of America
City

End text of diplomatic note

3. (U) Begin text of attached timeline (columns delineated
by semicolon)

Id; Name of the area; Duration; Start

1; SCHEDULE FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE FOL FACILITIES TO THE
COMBAT WING No. 23; 81 days; Fri. 07/31/09

2; END OF OPERATIONS OF THE FOL; 0 days; Fri. 07/31/09

3; REVISION OF INSTALLATIONS; 37 days; Fri. 07/31/09
4; OPERATIONS AREA; 15 days; Fri. 07/31/09
5; FIRE FIGHTERS AREA; 7 days; Fri. 08/21/09
6; SOCIAL AREA ; 15 days; Tue. 09/01/09

7; HAND-OVER OF BUILDINGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE; 43 days;
Tue. 09/22/09

8; OPERATIONS AREA; 18 days; Tue. 09/22/09
9; FIRE SIMULATOR PLATFORM; 3 days; Tue. 09/22/09
10; PARKING LOT; 1 day; Fri. 09/25/09
11; CIVIL ENGINEERING WAREHOUSE; 1 day; Mon. 09/28/09
12; RESTROOMS; 1 day; Tue. 09/29/09
13; FUEL PLATFORM JP1; 1 day; Wed. 09/30/09
14; ADMINISTRATION BUILDING; 2 days; Thu. 10/01/09
15; POTABLE WATER TREATMENT PLANT; 2 days; Mon.
10/05/09
16; LOGISTICS WORKSHOP; 2 days; Wed. 10/07/09
17; MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP; 2 days; Fri. 10/09/09
18; AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE HANGAR; 2 days; Tue. 10/13/09
19; SECURITY BOOTH; 1 day; Thu. 10/15/09

20; SOCIAL AREA; 20 days; Fri. 10/15/09
21; GYMNASIUM #550; 2 days; Fri. 10/15/09
22; SPORTS AREA; 1 day; Tue. 10/20/09
23; DRESSING ROOMS AND RESTROOMS SPORTS AREA #85; 1
day; Wed. 10/21/09
24; DORM BUILDING #900; 2 days; Thu. 10/22/09
25; DORM BUILDING #950; 2 days; Mon. 10/26/09
26; RECREATION CENTER #1250; 1 day; Wed. 10/28/09
27; POTABLE WATER TREATMENT PLANT #1000; 1 day; Thu.
10/29/09
28; SECURITY BOOTH #1275; 1 day; Fri. 10/30/09
29; CLOSED AREA #910; 1 day; Mon. 11/02/09
30; CLOSED AREA #810; 1 day; Tue. 11/03/09
31; REFRIGERATION AREA #710; 1 day; Wed. 11/04/09
32; KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM #700; 3 days; Thu.
11/05/09
33; DORM BUILDING #810; 2 days; Tue. 11/10/09
34; SECURITY BOOTH #1200; 1 day; Thu. 11/12/09

35; FIRE FIGHTERS AREA; 5 days; Fri. 11/13/09
36; FIRE DEPARTMENT #600; 3 days; Fri. 11/13/09
37; POTABLE WATER STORAGE PLATFORM #50A; 1 day; Wed.
11/18/09
38; ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 2 OPERATIONS AREA; 1 day;
Thu. 11/19/09

39; FAREWELL CEREMONY AND THANK YOU; 1 day; Fri. 11/20/09

40; HAND-OVER AND RECEIPT OF INSTALLATIONS; 0 days; Fri.
11/20/09

Project: TRANSFER OF FOL INSTALLATIONS TO COMBAT WING No. 23

End text of attached timeline.
CDA Griffiths

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