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Cablegate: Foreign Ministry Ready to Open Mlat Negotiations

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TAGS: KTIA PGOV PREL PTER ID
SUBJECT: FOREIGN MINISTRY READY TO OPEN MLAT NEGOTIATIONS

REF: SECSTATE 187016

1. (SBU) The GOI is ready to move forward with negotiations
on a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the U.S. On
November 15, Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs
(DEPLU) Directorate for Treaties on Political, Security, and
Territorial Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno told Poloff and DOJ
Resident Legal Advisor Robert Strang that DEPLU would send a
formal letter to us and to the Department as early as next
week indicating their willingness to begin negotiations.
Oegroseno stated that the letter would include a template
that could be used as a starting point in the negotiations, a
copy of which was given to us at the meeting. He also
welcomed the opportunity to see a draft text from the U.S.
side prior to the first meeting. We have been promised an
electronic version of the template and will forward that to
Washington when received.

2. (SBU) Oegroseno stated that he would be the lead
negotiator on the Indonesian team, which would include
officials from the Department of Law and Human Rights, the
Attorney General's Office, Interpol and possibly the
Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security
Affairs. He expressed his hope that the negotiations could
be completed after only two formal sessions, one in Indonesia
and one in the U.S. He was also receptive to the idea of
holding the first session in late January, as suggested in
reftel. Finally, Oegroseno raised the possibility of holding
an informal meeting prior to the first formal session in
order to discuss potential issues identified in the initial
comparison of the draft texts. We would welcome input from
L/LEI and DOJ/OIA on the usefulness of such a meeting.
PASCOE

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