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Cablegate: Terrorism Finance Coordination Officer (Tfco) At

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UNCLAS COLOMBO 001839

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CE EFIN ETTC KVPR MV PREL PTER
SUBJECT: TERRORISM FINANCE COORDINATION OFFICER (TFCO) AT
POST

REF: SECSTATE 238760

1. Per request reftel, the following are Post's Terrorism
Finance Coordination Officers:

James F. Entwistle, Deputy Chief of Mission, office no.:
94-11-244-8007 ext. 2433, home no.: 94-11-269-5495, cell
no.: 94-77-770-9571, fax no.: 94-11- 243-7237, email:
EntwistleJF@state.gov

Dean R. Thompson, Chief of Economic and Commercial Affairs,
office no.: 94-11-244-8007, home no.: 94-11-269-6205, cell
no.: 94-77-770-9584, fax no.: 94-11-247-1092, email:
ThompsonDR@state.gov

2. The following comments are keyed to questions in reftel
paragraph 5:

(b) Terrorist finance issues are coordinated by the DCM
through two rotating meetings on Economic Development matters
and Law Enforcement/Intelligence matters. Terrorist finance
issues, if necessary, would be referred to the Visas Viper
Committee.

(c) Post is currently considering the case of LTTE
fundraising and is likely to request that Department of
Treasury review LTTE fundraising activities. SEPTEL will
follow on this subject. Post is also actively pursuing
anti-money laundering training and the establishment of
Financial Intelligence Units in both Sri Lanka and Maldives.

(d) A TFCO video conference might be a useful way to share
ideas and discuss problems. Further, it could include
participation by more Washington-based experts.

(e) Terrorist finance related public diplomacy should be
aimed both at domestic US, as well as foreign, audiences.
Making US groups aware of how these "charitable" donations
are really used could be helpful in slowing the flow of
funds. Internationally, efforts to explain how greater
scrutiny and transparency in the banking sector can actually
enhance financial services and bolster confidence in banking
and financial institutes should be considered. The
Ambassador intends to press this point during media
interviews on issues of US concerns.

(f) No training of TFCO staff at Post.

(g) Post has not yet had many interactions with USG agencies
on terrorist finance cases. Nonetheless, prompt responses to
inquiries and access to web-based materials for background,
information and best practices would be helpful.

LUNSTEAD

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