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Cablegate: Asean Regional Forum Disaster Relief Dialogue --

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 261015Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3167
INFO RUCNARF/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI

UNCLAS JAKARTA 001414

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TAGS: PREL ARF EAID MARR ID
SUBJECT: ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM DISASTER RELIEF DIALOGUE --
INDONESIA ON BOARD

REF: STATE 86139

1. (U) This message is Sensitive but Unclassified -- Please
handle accordingly.

2. (U) Indonesia is on board with our reftel demarche and
invitation package for the 9th ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting
(ISM) on Disaster Relief Sept. 16-18. In response to our
presentation, Kristanyo Hardojo of the Department of Foreign
Affairs (DEPLU) Directorate of Intra-Regional Cooperation
said the GOI looks forward to sending a full delegation to
the ISM and to the initial planning discussions for a future
ARF disaster relief exercise.

3. (SBU) Indonesia hopes to use the ISM and side meetings in
Honolulu to begin concrete planning for the next ARF
Voluntary Disaster Relief (VDR) exercise proposed for
Indonesia. Hardojo noted that while Japan is the anticipated
co-chair of the VDR with Indonesia, he expected both
countries would welcome additional co-chairs. He said the
title of co-chair did not necessarily have to be linked to
any specific level of financial or other support, but
welcomed the idea of USG planning assistance.

4. (U) Continuing, Hardojo said the GOI understands that the
August 26 deadline for delegate registration and the August
28 deadline for requesting funding assistance, but noted that
Indonesia may be slightly late in submitting its full
delegation. He anticipated that the delegation would include
three or four members from DEPLU, one from the Indonesian
military, and one or two from other agencies, such as the
Department of Health. Hardojo added that Indonesia's
representation at the ISM would overlap significantly with
its delegation to the Asia-Pacific Conference on Military
Assistance to Disaster Relief Operations that immediately
precedes it.

5. (U) Pangeran Ibrani Situmorang of Hardojo's office
pledged to forward Indonesia's delegate registrations to
Washington as soon as the delegation is set.
HUME

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