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Cablegate: Terrorism Finance Coordination Officer at Embassy

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UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000847

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/ESC/TFS, S/CT, INL/C, IO/PHO, EAP/ANP
TREASURY FOR OFAC

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: EFIN ETTC KTFN PREL PTER NZ KVRP
SUBJECT: TERRORISM FINANCE COORDINATION OFFICER AT EMBASSY
WELLINGTON

REF: STATE 201391

(SBU) Keyed to request in reftel, Paragraph 5:

a) Embassy Wellington's Terrorism Finance Coordination
Officer (TFCO) is:

David R. Burnett
Deputy Chief of Mission
Tel: 64-4-462-6101
e-mail: burnettDR@state.gov

Post's deputy TFCO is:

Joy Yamamoto
Economic Officer
Tel: 64-4-462-6182
e-mail: yamamotoJO@state.gov

b) Post's DCM -- as its TFCO -- chairs terrorist finance
meetings. As a SEP post, Embassy Wellington has found it
efficient to include both terrorist finance and law
enforcement issues in both scheduled and informal meetings,
as necessary. We had not formally included terrorist
finance issues in our Visas Viper Committee meetings, but
are doing so now.

c) Because the New Zealand government has taken a concerted
approach to fighting terrorist financing, we have focused on
ensuring that it has the information and training required
for its efforts. While we have achieved a good flow of
information, we have been less successful in identifying
appropriate training opportunities.

d) Although post also coordinates with Legatt at Embassy
Canberra as appropriate, we are not involved in regional
meetings.

e) Post has engaged in limited public information efforts on
terrorist financing. These efforts have included
distributing the State Department e-journal "The Global War
on Terrorist Finance" to Embassy contacts. The distribution
list included appropriate officials from the Ministries of
Justice, Police, Defense and Foreign Affairs. Interested
media and academics also received copies. Post would welcome
further suggestions.

f) Both TFCO and deputy have not received FSI or other
training on combating terrorist financing.

g) Post would welcome information on opportunities for
training of New Zealand nationals in fighting terrorist
financing.

BURNETT

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