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Cablegate: Embassy Colombo Eac Meeting 10/28/2009

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P 280802Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0686
INFO RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 3413

UNCLAS COLOMBO 000990

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DEPARTMENT FOR CA, DS/IP/RD/SCA, DS/DSS/ITA, AND SA/INS
NEW DELHI FOR LEGAL ATTACHE' OFFICE

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TAGS: ASEC CASC PTER
SUBJECT: EMBASSY COLOMBO EAC MEETING 10/28/2009

1. (SBU) Summary: AmEmbassy Colombo convened an Emergency
Action Committee (EAC) meeting on October 28, 2009. The sole
agenda item was a proposal to amend post's current Travel
Warning, in light of the prevailing security environment in
Sri Lanka. The EAC concurred with the proposed revisions and
the draft will be passed to the Ambassador. Following the
Ambassador's approval, post will send the revised draft to
Consular Affairs for Department of State approval. End
summary.

2. (SBU) On October 28, 2009, AmEmbassy Colombo convened an
EAC meeting. Present for the meeting were the Deputy Chief
of Mission, Regional Security Officer, Regional Affairs
Officer, Political Officer, Economic Officer, Management
Officer, Consular Officer, Public Affairs Officer, USAID
Director, Defense Attache', Office of Defense Cooperation
Chief, International Broadcasting Bureau Station Chief,
Community Liaison Officer, Information Management Officer,
and the Department of Homeland Security representative. The
sole agenda item was a proposal to revise post's Travel
Warning (TW) of June 26, 2009, in light of the improving
security environment in Sri Lanka.

3. (SBU) CONS presented a draft TW for the EAC's
consideration. The EAC concurred that CONS's proposed draft
accurately reflected the improving security environment in
Sri Lanka, yet provided the general American public with
necessary information upon which to base decisions for travel
to Sri Lanka. The DCM noted that the Ambassador would receive
the draft for final approval, after which post will transmit
the revised TW to Consular Affairs for Department of State
approval.

4. (U) Post will continue to monitor the security environment
and report further developments, if any, septel. POC for
this message is RSO Michael V. Perkins, who may be contacted
at 94.11.249.8885, 94.11.249.8888 (MSG Post 1 after regular
business hours), or via the classified and unclassified email
systems.
BUTENIS

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