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Cablegate: Indonesia Sends Generous Assistance to Haiti

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SUBJECT: INDONESIA SENDS GENEROUS ASSISTANCE TO HAITI

INDONESIA REACTS QUICKLY
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1. Indonesia plans to send 1.6 million dollars worth of assistance
to Haiti on January 16. The team is waiting for their visas to be
issued. (Note: Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations with
Haiti and therefore the team will be issued visas in New York.)

EXPERTS AND GOODS ARE SENT
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2. Indonesia is sending a team made up of 75 people from the
Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Health and Public Works.
Their areas of expertise are medicine, search and rescue,
telecommunications and construction. Additionally, the GOI is
providing 15 tents, 3 tons of medical supplies, 5 tons of baby and
children supplies, dried food, 1 ambulance, 1 truck and 1 water
purifier.

INDONESIA HISTORICALLY GENEROUS PROVIDER
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3. Foreign Minister Natalegawa stated that Indonesia has been
devastated by a similar situation and can empathize with the
suffering of the people of Haiti. Indonesia has generously provided
its expertise and goods to countries that have suffered from natural
disasters, most recently to Burma (1 million USD), and China (1.5
million USD). The GOI offered assistance to the U.S. following
Hurricane Katrina.

POSSIBLE ROLE OF ACS AGREEMENT
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4. Emboff informed the National Body for Disaster Mitigation (BNPB)
of the acquisition and cross-servicing agreement (ACSA), which was
signed by the U.S. and Indonesian Defense Departments on December 9.
Emboff explained that the ACSA may provide logistics service and
support to Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) operating in Haiti.
(Note: The Indonesians will use a military C-130 to send in their
personnel and supplies.) The BNPB was pleased to learn of this
agreement and will follow-up with the TNI.

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