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Cablegate: Chile: Milgp Request for Human Rights Vetting for Peace

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DE RUEHSG #0741 2261841
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 131841Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3588
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS SANTIAGO 000741

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

STATE FOR WHA/BSC, DRL, INR, PPC, PM, CD1D FOR BROWN, JOHNS
SOUTHCOM FOR EVANS, FINLAY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS PREL PHUM CI
SUBJECT: CHILE: MILGP REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR PEACE
KEEPING OPERATIONS SOUTH EXERCISE

Sensitive but unclassified. Please handle accordingly.

1. (U) This is an action request. See paragraphs 2 and 3.

2. (SBU) Action request: Embassy requests the Department assist in
conducting a Leahy Amendment Human Rights review, as well as a
general name check, of the following Chilean military personnel who
have been nominated to participate in U.S. funded training, pursuant
to the Leahy Act and Foreign Assistance Act. Please transmit the
results of such, including information not strictly covered by the
Leahy Amendment, to Embassy if possible by no later than August 29.

3. (SBU) The proposed training is the Peace Keeping Operations
South Exercise, to be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, between September
1 and September 13, 2008. The name and identifying information of
the proposed candidates appear in the following format: Name, rank,
unit, date of birth, place of birth and national identification
number.

Rodrigo Marcelo TORO Guinez, Lieutenant, Chilean Army, 05/28/1981,
Chillan, 14.027.404-6

Javier Jesus RODRIGUEZ Quiroz, Staff Sergeant, Chilean Army,
12/18/1958, Concepcion, 8.249.165-1

Valeria Paz PUENTES Venegas, Private First Class, Chilean Army,
06/24/1987, Los Angeles, 16.674.228-5

Jose Alberto SAEZ Carvajal, Petty Office First Class, Chilean Navy,
10/21/1964, Vina del Mar, 9.507.664-5

4. (U) Post greatly appreciates the Department's assistance with
this request. Embassy's ongoing investigation has not found
credible information that the candidates have been involved in gross
human rights violations.

SIMONS

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