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Cablegate: Nicaragua: Amcit Property Claims Monthly Update: October 2009

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FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
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INFO WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS MANAGUA 001152

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STATE FOR WHA/CEN, EB/IFD/OIA, AND L/CID
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TREASURY FOR INL AND OWH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EINV ECON KIDE NU
SUBJECT: NICARAGUA: AMCIT PROPERTY CLAIMS MONTHLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 2009

SUMMARY

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1. In October 2009, the Government of Nicaragua (GON) reported the
resolution of four Embassy registered property claims. To date,
the overwhelming majority of resolutions have involved compensation
via government-issued indemnification bonds ("bonos de pago de
indemnizacion" or BPIs). As of October 31, 2009, the GON had
issued BPIs with a face value of $359,906,310 to Embassy-registered
claimants. Since taking office in January 2007, the Ortega
administration has resolved 105 claims, ten of which during the
2009-2010 waiver year.

EMBASSY REGISTERED CLAIMS RESOLVED IN OCTOBER

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2. On October 15, 2009, the Attorney General's Office provided the
Embassy a copy of the final settlement document, or finiquito,
signed by U.S. citizen Francisco Aguilar on July 8, 2009. Mr.
Aguilar reached an agreement with the occupant of his home. The
occupant paid him 202,000 cordobas, approximately $10,000. We have
updated our database to reflect this settlement.

Type of No. of Type of

Claimant Claim Claims Resolution

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Francisco Aguilar House 1 cash

3. On October 19, 2009, the Attorney General's Office provided the
Embassy a copy of a dictum stating that U.S. citizen Julio Fonseca
recovered his farm located in Leon. Mr. Fonseca's case represents
one property claim registered with the Embassy Property Office.

Type of No. of Type of

Claimant Claim Claims Resolution

-------- ------- ------ ----------

Julio Fonseca farm 1 recovery

4. On October 8, 2009, the Attorney General's Office provided the
Embassy a copy of a letter authorizing disbursement of compensation
deposited in an escrow account for U.S. citizen Maria Carolina Law.
Ms. Law was offered compensation published in the Official Gazette
on July 22, 2008. Ms. Law received BPIs worth 1,400,000 cordobas,
approximately $67,690. We have updated our database to reflect
this settlement.

Type of No. of Type of

Claimant Claim Claims Resolution

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Maria Carolina Law Land 1 bonds

5. On October 23, 2009, the Attorney General's Office provided the
Embassy a copy of a letter authorizing disbursement of compensation
deposited in an escrow account for U.S. citizen Guillermo Pilarte.
Mr. Pilarte was offered compensation published in the Official
Gazette on May 28, 2009. Mr. Pilarte received BPIs worth 38,400
cordobas, approximately $1,856. We have updated our database to
reflect this settlement.


Type of No. of Type of

Claimant Claim Claims Resolution

-------- ------- ------ ----------

Guillermo Pilarte Land 1 bonds

STATUS OF AMCIT PROPERTY AS OF 10/31/09

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9. The following is a snapshot of current U.S. citizen property
claims. The Embassy maintains separate databases for claims
registered before and after the July 31, 2005 deadline in the
Consolidated Appropriations Act.

EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS NUMBER

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Total Amcits with pending claims 269

Total Amcit claims pending resolution 559

(113 fall under Section 527)

Total Amcits registered with the Embassy 1,137

Prior to July 31, 2005

(269 fall under Section 527)

Total Amcit claims resolved 2,614

(421 fall under Section 527)

EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS BY CALENDAR YEAR NUMBER

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Claims resolved calendar year 2009 48


Claims resolved calendar year 2008 47

Claims resolved calendar year 2007 10

Claims resolved calendar year 2006 81

Claims resolved calendar year 2005 126

Claims resolved calendar year 2004 218


Claims resolved calendar year 2003 243

Claims resolved calendar year 2002 125

Claims resolved calendar year 2001 175

Claims resolved calendar year 2000 70

EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS RESOLVED BY WAIVER YEAR NUMBER

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Registered claims resolved so far in 2009-10 10

(waiver year: July 29, 2009 - July 28, 2010)

Registered claims resolved 2008-09 waiver year 48

Registered claims resolved 2007-08 waiver year 42

Registered claims resolved 2006-07 waiver year 34

Registered claims resolved 2005-06 waiver year 86

Registered claims resolved 2004-05 waiver year 187

Registered claims resolved 2003-04 waiver year 214

Registered claims resolved 2002-03 waiver year 183

Registered claims resolved 2001-02 waiver year 160

Registered claims resolved 2000-01 waiver year 142

Registered claims resolved 1999-00 waiver year 77

Registered claims resolved 1998-99 waiver year 156

Registered claims resolved 1997-98 waiver year 204

Registered claims resolved 1996-97 waiver year 145

EMBASSY-REGISTERED CLAIMS UNDER GON CONTROL NUMBER


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Total Amcit properties under GON control 51

(subject to revision)

GON-held claims resolved 2008-09 waiver year 3

GON-held claims resolved 2007-08 waiver year 1

GON-held claims resolved 2006-07 waiver year 0

GON-held claims resolved 2005-06 waiver year 3

GON-held claims resolved 2004-05 waiver year 16

GON-held claims resolved 2003-04 waiver year 12

GON-held claims resolved 2002-03 waiver year 11

GON-held claims resolved 2001-02 waiver year 26

GON-held claims resolved 2000-01 waiver year 2

GON-held claims resolved 1999-00 waiver year 2

GON-held claims resolved 1998-99 waiver year 5

GON-held claims resolved 1997-98 waiver year 29

GON-held claims resolved (total) 177

CLAIMS DISMISSED BY GON NUMBER

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SEPTEMBER 2009 6

march 2008 68

february 2008 15

january 2008 28


november 2007 18

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TOTAL 135

DISMISSED CLAIMS LATER RESOLVED IN FAVOR OF U.S.

CLAIMANT NUMBER

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sEPTEMBER 2009 4

august 2009 1

July 2009 4

JUNE 2009 2

May 2009 4

APRIL 2009 5

march 2009 1

OTHER CATEGORIES TRACKED NUMBER

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DECISION AGAINST U.S. CLAIMANT IN COURT 9


(CLAIM WITHDRAWN BY AMCIT)

CLAIMS WITHDRAWN BY AMCITS 2
(PROPERTY UNDER AMCIT CONTROL)


CLAIMS WITHDRAWN BY AMCITS FOR 4

lack of supporting documents

CLAIMS WITHDRAWN BY AMCITS 6

(CLAIMANT stopped PURSUING Claim)


Total claims resolved by land swaps 7


Total claims compensated via bonds 1,946

(face value of bonds $359.9 million)


NON-REGISTERED RESOLUTIONS BY WAIVER YEAR NUMBER

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Non-registered resolutions 2009-10 waiver year 0

Non-registered resolutions 2008-09 waiver year 1

Non-registered resolutions 2007-08 waiver year 6

Non-registered resolutions 2006-07 waiver year 12

Non-registered resolutions 2005-06 waiver year 30

Non-registered resolutions 2004-05 waiver year 0

Non-registered resolutions 2003-04 waiver year 6

Non-registered resolutions 2002-03 waiver year 22

Non-registered resolutions 2001-02 waiver year 93

Non-registered resolutions 2000-01 waiver year 300

Non-registered resolutions 1999-00 waiver year 455

Non-registered resolutions 1998-99 waiver year 310

Non-registered resolutions 1997-98 waiver year 230

Non-registered resolutions 1996-97 waiver year 208

Total Non-registered resolutions 2,027

TOTAL REGISTERED & NON-REGISTERED RESOLUTIONS

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Total number of Amcit claims resolved 4,641

NON-WAIVER CLAIMS REGISTERED AFTER JULY 31, 2005 NUMBER


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Total Amcit claimants registered with Embassy 16

Total Amcit claims pending resolution 22

NON-WAIVER CLAIMS RESOLVED BY CALENDAR YEAR NUMBER

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Claims resolved in calendar year 2009 1

Claims resolved in calendar year 2008 1
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