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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check

VZCZCXYZ0006
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #6998 3192243
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 152234Z NOV 07
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY BEIRUT 0000

UNCLAS STATE 156998

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
BEIRUT FOR ANDREW LEINBERGER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC LE
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSES 05-050072898 AND 05-050072956

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 - 4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on licenses 05-050072898 and 05-050072956
for the export of firearms to Lebanon. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: To verify the stated end-use for the
United States Munitions List (USML) firearms listed below.

4. Action Request: Post should make inquiries with
appropriate GOL interlocutors to verify that the pistols and
rifles listed below are to be used exclusively by the
Lebanese Republic National Defense Ministry. Post should also
seek clarification on the stated end-use, and confirm that
the end-user is familiar with the regulations governing the
import of U.S.-origin defense articles, including
restrictions on re-transfer or re-export. In its reply, Post
may also comment on any other information pertinent to this
transaction such as security of facilities and concerns about
the parties involved.

5. Details of license application:

A.

DTC Case: 05-050072898

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

50 Sauer SSG3000 Tactical Rifles

License Value: USD $167,250

SELLER:

Sigarms, Inc.
18 Industrial Drive
Exeter, NH
03833

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Ste. Josons SARL
Jounieh-Highway (Facing "La Cite" Building)
Jounieh
Lebanon

FOREIGN END-USER:

Lebanese Republic National Defense Ministry Army Headquarters
Equipment Staff
Yarze Ministry of Defense Street (Army Avenue)
Yarze, Beirut

PURPOSE:

For exclusive use by the Lebanese Republic National Defense
Ministry

B.

DTC Case: 05-050072956

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

200 Sig Sauer Pistols, Model SP2022 9mm

200 Sig Sauer Pistols, Model P226R 9mm

200 Sig Sauer Pistols, Model P229R 9mm

License Value: USD $119,800

SELLER:

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Ste. Josons SARL
Jounieh-Highway (Facing "La Cite" Building)
Jounieh
Lebanon

FOREIGN END-USER:

Lebanese Republic National Defense Ministry Army Headquarters
Equipment Staff
Yarze Ministry of Defense Street (Army Avenue)
Yarze, Beirut

PURPOSE:

For exclusive use by the Lebanese Republic National Defense
Ministry

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):

A.

End User Certificate for Lebanese Army Command dated 10
August 2007.

Purchase Order from Ste. Josons SARL (ref no. ANT, 503-2007,
A64) dated 28 August 2007.

Signed DSP-83 dated 14 September 2007.

B.

End User Certificate for Lebanese Army Command dated 10
August 2007.

Purchase Order from Ste. Josons SARL (ref no. ANT, 493-2007,
A64) dated 28 August 2007.

Signed DSP-83 dated 17 September 2007.

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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