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Cablegate: U.S.-Canada Bilateral Consultative Group (Bcg)

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SUBJECT: U.S.-CANADA BILATERAL CONSULTATIVE GROUP (BCG)
MEETING IN WASHINGTON: PROPOSED U.S. DATES AND AGENDA
ITEMS

REF: 2006 OTTAWA 03184

(U) Upcoming U.S.-Canada Bilateral Consultative Group
(BCG) Meeting in Washington: Proposed U.S. Dates and
Agenda Items

1. (U) This is an action message, please see paragraph 7.

2. (U) Ambassador Dell L. Dailey, U.S. Counterterrorism
Coordinator, looks forward to hosting the U.S.-Canada
Bilateral Consultative Group (BCG) meeting this fall in
Washington. This cable outlines our proposals for the BCG
agenda and notional dates for discussion with the
Government of Canada.

3. (SBU) Last year's BCG meeting generated productive
follow-on activity, particularly in the research and
development and bioterrorism fields. This year, we would
like to capitalize on those successes, re-engage on
outstanding proposals, and move forward on several new CT
areas of common interest. We have outlined a notional
agenda in paragraph 5 and have proposed dates at paragraph
6. We ask Embassy Ottawa to share these agenda items and
possible dates with the GOC for their initial feedback,
and solicit their input on any topics they would like to
include.

4. (SBU) As agreed to at last year's BCG, we would like
to set a firm goal for concluding an updated version of
the 1988 Joint Declaration on Counterterrorism. The U.S.
has updated the 1988 text and the USG interagency
community is currently reviewing it. We will forward this
text to Embassy Ottawa as soon as possible so it can be
shared with appropriate GOC officials in anticipation of
the upcoming BCG discussions. Moreover, we would like to
discuss with the Canadians the possibility of having this
Declaration signed later by the Secretary of State and
Foreign Minister, as then-U.S. Secretary of State George
Shultz and Canadian Foreign Minister Joe Clark did for the
original 1988 Declaration.

5. (SBU) Notional Agenda for US-Canada BCG (in no
particular order):

-- Threat Assessment/Intelligence Briefing

-- Follow-up discussions on outstanding proposals from
last year's BCG

-- Follow-up on Bioterrorism Engagement:
(a) Results of May 2007 Briefing on Threats to the Food
Supply
(b) Results of June 2007 Technical Roundtable to Share
Collaborative Public Health-Law Enforcement Investigation
Strategies
(c) Future engagement

-- Cooperative Counterterrorism Research and Development
(R&D):

(a) Status update on negotiations for the U.S.-Canada
Memorandum of Understanding on CT Research and Development
(R&D)
(b) Review ongoing activities of the Quadrilateral (U.S.,
Canada, UK, and Australia) on Chemical, Biological, and
Radiological Counterterrorism efforts (Note: The
Quadrilateral group will have just met in Canberra October
31-November 2)
(c) Possible breakout presentation on recent CT R&D
successes
(d) Takeaway Document: Canada's 10-year progress review
booklet "Science Combating Terrorism: A Canada-U.S.
Success Story" and
(e) Sharing relevant technologies with Western Hemisphere
partners, particularly Mexico

-- U.S.-Canada Border Security:

(a) Information Exchange, including use and privacy
concerns
(b) Biometrics/Screening Tools: Each side to provide
updates on national efforts to improve and use biometrics
and screening tools. Specifically we would be interested
in learning more about Canada's biometric collection
efforts and how can we share biometric information with

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SUBJECT: U.S.-CANADA BILATERAL CONSULTATIVE GROUP (BCG)
MEETING IN WASHINGTON: PROPOSED U.S. DATES AND AGENDA
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each other
(d) Next steps regarding "harmonization" of visa issuance
policies for subjects of countries of special interest

-- Cooperation on Counter Terrorist Finance Training and
Technical Assistance for Key Partner Nations, including
participation by Canadian experts in CTF training and
needs assessments, financial regulatory training and
training on bulk cash smuggling

-- TOPOFF 4: Exchange of views on the completed exercise

-- Briefing on the USG Regional Strategic Initiative (RSI)

-- A briefing by Canada on the reorganization resulting in
Public Safety Canada

-- Radicalization and Outreach:

(a) Discussion of ongoing programs "outreach" efforts to
populations that may feel "targeted" by law enforcement
and CT efforts
(b) Discussion about possible efforts to conduct
university and private sector research in these areas, and
of organizing visits to both nations by influential third
country public leaders and local decision makers

-- U.S.-Canadian cooperation to promote capacity building
and assistance programs in multilateral forums such as the
UN, G-8 and CTAG, OSCE, OAS and CICTE, APEC, and ARF and
coordinated approaches to supporting the AU Center, taking
action on AQIM, working within the FATA, and containing
Syria and Iran.

6. (SBU) We propose the following dates: January 16-17 or
January 23-24. Like last year's BCG, we propose to begin
on the afternoon of the first day with a heads of
delegation meeting to discuss the Joint Declaration and to
receive the threat assessment/intelligence briefing. We
would follow this with a full day plenary session,
starting with possible breakout discussions on how to move
forward on outstanding proposals from last year's BCG. We
are still considering representational functions and
venue.

Action Request

7. (U) The Department would appreciate Embassy Ottawa's
assistance in reaching out to the appropriate contacts
within the GOC soon to share the U.S. preliminary agenda
and notional dates, and to gather any feedback from the
GOC on these items, as well as solicit any topics the GOC
would propose for the BCG draft agenda.

8. (U) S/CT points of contact for the BCG are Kevin
O'Reilly and Hillary Batjer Johnson.
RICE

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