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

VZCZCXYZ0001
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #7006 3192252
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 152242Z NOV 07
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 0000

UNCLAS STATE 157006

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
BANGKOK FOR THOMAS HINES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC TH
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSES 05-050070198 AND 05-050071878

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 05-050070198 and 05-050071878
for the export of pistols to Thailand. 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: Two license applications were
submitted with Thailand's Department of Provincial
Administration listed as the end-user. The sum value of the
two licenses is in excess of one million dollars, thus
requiring Congressional Notification. This request is to
verify the bona fides of these transactions in support of the
Congressional Notification.

4. Action Request: Post should make the appropriate inquiries
to confirm the bona fides of this transaction and the
end-user. 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: 05-050070198

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

1770 .38 Cal Revolvers (Model No. 637)

License Value: USD $594,720

SELLER:

Smith and Wesson Corp
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Aekphatt Firearms LP
2/5 The Old Siam Plaza
Bangkok
10200
Thailand

FOREIGN END-USER:

Department of Provincial Administration
Ministry of Interior, Welfare Department
Artsadang Road, Aumphur Phranakorn
Bangkok 10200
Thailand

PURPOSE:

For use by officers of the Department of Provincial
Administration, Ministry of Interior of Thailand only.

B.

DTC Case: 05-050071878

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

820 .357 Cal. Revolvers (Model 686)

License Value: USD $410,845

SELLER:

Smith and Wesson Corp
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Aekphatt Firearms LP
2/5 The Old Siam Plaza
Bangkok
10200
Thailand

FOREIGN END-USER:

Department of Provincial Administration
Ministry of Interior, Welfare Department
Artsadang Road, Aumphur Phranakorn
Bangkok 10200
Thailand

PURPOSE:

For use by officers of the Department of Provincial
Administration, Ministry of Interior of Thailand only.

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

A.

Signed DSP-83

Import Permit No. 570/2550 (and translation) for the Welfare
Department of Provincial Administration dated 28 Juen 2007

Order Confirmation Letter from Department of Provincial
Authority dated July 2007

Letter of Explanation from Smith and Wesson dated 10 October
2007

Purchase Order No. 2/2007 for Aekaphatt Firearms LP

B.

Signed DSP-83

Import Permit No. 571/2550 (and translation) for the Welfare
Department of Provincial Administration dated 28 Juen 2007

Order Confirmation Letter from Department of Provincial
Authority dated July 2007

Letter of Explanation from Smith and Wesson dated 20 October
2007

Purchase Order No. 1/2007 for Aekaphatt Firearms LP

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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