Cablegate: Ecuadorian Arms, Munitions Offered for Destruction

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. QUITO 2203

B. QUITO 1699

1. In response to the Embassy's offer to include Ecuador in
the State Department's Small Arms/Light Weapons (SALW)
destruction program, Ecuador's service chiefs recently
provided lists of weapons and ammunition they wish to
destroy. Ecuador's joint command later blessed the
inventory. Post believes there is sufficient overlap between
USG priorities (MANPADS, RPGs, shoulder-fired munitions) and
the military's request to merit Ecuador's SALW inclusion.

2. Translation of combined lists follows (Post also emailed
the list August 27 to PM/WRA POC Mark Adams).

Type Quantity

A. IGLA Missiles 30
B. RPGs 6,467
C. Hand Grenades 19,013
D. Rifle Grenades 38,560
E. LAW Rockets 1,119
F. Ammo - 7.62mm 90,441
G. Ammo - 5.56mm 109,442
H. Ammo - .50 281,614
I. Ammo - 14.5mm 8,660
J. Ammo - 20mm 10,014
K. Ammo - 23mm 137
L. Ammo - 30mm 46,890
M. Ammo - 35mm 5,524
N. Rockets - likely 68mm 3,730
O. Rocket Warheads - 68mm 2,434
P. Shells - 30mm 542
R. Shells - 40mm 6,537
S. Shells - 57mm 7,331
T. Shells - 60mm 1,565
U. Shells - 75mm 5,971
V. Shells - 81mm 4,535
W. Shells - 90mm 8,410
X. Combat Rifles - Mauser 53
Y. Machine Guns - small cal 15

3. The Embassy stands ready to assist State in any/all
manners possible to get this mutually beneficial program
underway soonest.


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