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Cablegate: Dod 1206 Fy08 Draft Ethiopia Proposal Submission

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OO RUEHROV
DE RUEHDS #2390 2111121
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 301121Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7236
INFO RHMFIUU/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL IMMEDIATE
RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS ADDIS ABABA 002390

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF, AF/E, S/CT:BRIAN PHIPPS, AND PM:PPA
USCENTCOM FOR CCJ5 LTC ROBERT GIBSON/MAJ RYAN LAWRENCE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PREL MASS ET
SUBJECT: DOD 1206 FY08 DRAFT ETHIOPIA PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

REF: SECSTATE 4130 (NOTAL)

1. AmEmbassy Addis Ababa supports the application of Section
1206 funds toward the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF)
for combat engineering support, and endorses the two separate
proposals forwarded separately by Security Assistance Office
(SAO) to USCENTCOM. The first proposal requests personal
protective equipment for combat engineers, and the second
proposal requests heavy equipment for combat engineers.

2. Ethiopia is a key strategic partner of the U.S. in the
Horn of Africa, and is playing a key role in the global war
on terror. These proposals seek to enhance the ENDF's
counterterrorism capabilities by improving mobility of its
forces for pursuing terrorist elements in the region.
YAMAMOTO

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