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Cablegate: Ethiopia: Leahy Vetting Assistance/Approval For

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R 210422Z SEP 09
FM AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6244
INFO RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL

UNCLAS ADDIS ABABA 002269

FOR ACSS
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/E DESK OFFICER JOEL R. WEIGERT
DRL FOR SIMONE JOSEPH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PMIL PGOV ET
SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA: LEAHY VETTING ASSISTANCE/APPROVAL FOR
RECEIPT OF 1206 EQUIPMENT.

1. (SBU) Post requests the Department's assistance in
screening the following Ethiopian citizens and units who have
been identified for receipt of USG-funded equipment, pursuant
to the Leahy Act and Foreign Assistance Act. Post has no
derogatory information on these units or individuals.
2. (SBU) MG Gezae and the logistics department are scheduled
to receive equipment under the FY 09 radio program and FY 08
Counter Terrorism program. LTG Bacha and the Combat Engineer
Center are scheduled to receive equipment under the FY 08
1206 CBT Engineer program. COL Hagos and the Central Air
Group are scheduled to receive equipment through the FY 07
C-130 program.
3. (SBU) The name, occupation, date of birth, and place of
birth of the proposed candidates/units are as follows:

Name: Gezae Abera Desta
Duty: Major General, Chief of Logistics, Ethiopian
National Defense Force
POB: Axum
DOB: 24 Jan 1960

Name: Bacha Debele
Duty: Director of CBT Engineering Center, Ethiopian
National Defense Force
POB: Addis Ababa
DOB: 1960

Name: ((Measho)) Hagos Seyoum
Duty: COL, Ethiopian Air Force, Chief of Training
POB: Adwa, Ethiopia
DOB: 15 July 1965

4. (U) Post has completed local background checks through
ORA, CONS, POL-ECON, and RSO. Post found no credible evidence
of gross Human Rights violations committed by the individual
or units listed in paragraph 3. Post appreciates
Department's assistance.
MEECE

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