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Cablegate: 2009/2010 Exbs Program for Sri Lanka

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KSPR KTSC MTCRE PARM PREL CE
SUBJECT: 2009/2010 EXBS PROGRAM FOR SRI LANKA

REF: STATE 9940

1. (SBU) Post generally supports the proposed program for
2009/2010 Interagency Export Control and Related Border
Security (EXBS) program. Post believes that pending
activities such as training for port officials on
identification of weapons of mass destruction devices,
training of customs inspectors, and the International Export
Control Academy, will prove very worthwhile. Post also
supports the proposed program for inspection equipment for
Sri Lankan Customs at the port and airport, as well as
additional equipment training. We also support the proposed
automated licensing tracker system.

2. (SBU) Post questions the proposed program for legislative
consultations. There is no indication that the Sri Lankan
Parliament has any imminent plans to approve comprehensive
export control legislation. Therefore, we are not certain
that additional legislative consultation is required.

3. (SBU) Post requests consideration of adding the Maritime
Safety and Security Information System (MSSIS) to the EXBS
program for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The MSSIS allows
host countries to track all sea-going vessels, which would be
very useful in case of natural disasters, sea accidents, or
even pirate attacks off the coast of the Maldives. The head
of our Office of Defense Cooperation, MAJ Jose Orozco, has
more information on the MSSIS program. We recommend two
MSSIS kits per country, or a total of four. The maximum cost
for each kit would be $30,000, so the maximum cost would be
$120,000, although it is likely that the MMSSIS kits could be
acquired for fewer resources.
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