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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 2: Prelicense Check On 05-934075

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Diana T Fritz 02/05/2007 05:34:04 PM From DB/Inbox: Search Results

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UNCLAS ABU DHABI 03253

SIPDIS
CXABU:
ACTION: FCS
INFO: DCM ECON AMB

DISSEMINATION: FCS
CHARGE: FCS

APPROVED: ADCM: HOLSIN-WINDECK
DRAFTED: ECON: OJOHN
CLEARED: FCS: MO'BRIEN

VZCZCADI914
RR RUEHC RUEHDE RUEHDM
DE RUEHAD #3253 2631322
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 191322Z SEP 04
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5984
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 4349
RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS 0683

UNCLAS ABU DHABI 003253

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
DAMASCUS FOR DRUBENSTEIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KOMC ETTC TC SY

SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 2: PRELICENSE CHECK ON 05-934075

REF: STATE 182909

1. REFTEL REQUESTED THAT POST CONDUCT AN ON-SITE VISIT
TO MICROHIT TECHNOLOGIES, THE INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE ON
THE ABOVE-CAPTIONED APPLICATION FOR EXPORT LICENSE. ON
SEPTEMBER 8, 2004, COMMERCIAL OFFICER AND EXPORT
CONTROL ATTACHE MARY O'BRIEN VISITED THE OFFICES OF
MICROHIT AND MET WITH M.P. CHANDRAN, THE MANAGING
DIRECTOR OF MICROHIT. MICROHIT IS LOCATED IN A MODERN
OFFICE BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN DUBAI AND IS STAFFED BY
FIVE PEOPLE, THREE OF WHOM ARE TECHNICALLY TRAINED.
MICROHIT, ESTABLISHED IN 2001, IS A SUPPLIER OF
COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS PAGING AND TWO-WAY
RADIO SYSTEMS, TO A VARIETY OF ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT
THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING ARAMCO AND THE US AIR FORCE.
THEY ARE THE EXCLUSIVE AGENTS FOR FOUR AMERICAN
COMPANIES, ZETRON, EF JOHNSON, ITRONIX AND VYTEK.
CHANDRAN WAS PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED BY GLENAYRE, AN
AMERICAN COMPANY LOCATED IN DULUTH, GEORGIA. WHEN
GLENAYRE CLOSED THEIR OFFICES IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN
2001, CHANDRAN WAS RETAINED AS A CONSULTANT TO PERFORM
SERVICE ON GLENAYRE EQUIPMENT PREVIOUSLY SOLD IN THE
REGION. CHANDRAN ALSO STARTED UP HIS OWN COMPANY TO
SELL COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN THE REGION. THERE IS
NO DEROGATORY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE BUSINESS
OPERATIONS OF MICROHIT.

2. CHANDRAN SAID HE HAS SOLD COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT
TO THE UNITED NATIONS DISENGAGEMENT OBSERVER FORCE
(UNDOF) IN SYRIA IN THE PAST, BUT THE EQUIPMENT DID NOT
REQUIRE AN EXPORT LICENSE. HE EXPLAINED THAT THE
SYSTEM THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS EXPORT LICENSE WILL
BE USED BY THE UNDOF AT CAMP FAOUAR IN THE GOLAN
HEIGHTS AND WILL CONNECT THE ISOLATED UNDOF OBSERVER
STATIONS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION TO
ONE ANOTHER AND TO THE BASE STATION. CHANDRAN PROVIDED
COMMOFF WITH COPIES OF THE PURCHASE ORDER ISSUED BY
UNDOF AND A COPY OF THE UNDOF END USE STATEMENT, WHICH
SAYS THE EQUIPMENT WILL BE REEXPORTED FROM SYRIA TO A
LOCATION OUTSIDE OF THE UNDOF MISSION AREA (SYRIA AND
ISRAEL) BY UNDOF UPON COMPLETION OF THE UNDOF MANDATE.
COPIES CAN BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST.

3. THE SYSTEM WILL BE TRANSSHIPPED THROUGH DUBAI TO
DAMASCUS, WHERE IT WILL BE DELIVERED TO UNDOF'S
CLEARING AGENT. UNDOF STAFF WILL TAKE POSSESSION OF
THE GOODS FROM THE CLEARING AGENT AND DELIVER IT TO
CAMP FAOUAR, WHERE UNDOF PERSONNEL WILL INSTALL THE
SYSTEM. CHANDRAN SAID THERE IS SOME URGENCY TO THIS
EXPORT BECAUSE WINTER COMES EARLY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF
THE GOLAN HEIGHTS AND UNDOF IS HOPING TO GET THE SYSTEM
INSTALLED AT THE REMOTE SITES BEFORE THE SNOW FALLS.

SISON

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