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Cablegate: Request for Reapportioment of Fmf

Published: Tue 17 Jun 2003 09:31 AM
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
UNCLAS COLOMBO 001063
SIPDIS
DEPARTMENT FOR SA, SA/INS, SA/RA, PM
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV MASS MARR CE
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR REAPPORTIOMENT OF FMF
1. During the recent visit of the PACOM J4, Brigadier
General James Kennon to Colombo, Post learned that India may
not accept five million dollars in Foreign Military Funding
(FMF) from the US government for a variety of reasons. If
India does in fact not need the FMF, Post requests
consideration of reapportionment of the five million into
Sri Lanka's FMF account. Post's original request for 15
million of FMF in support of programs recommended by the
2002 US DoD assessments was reduced to 1 million in the
final interagency.
2. The five million dollars of FMF would go a long way to
strengthening the Sri Lankan military in the face of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a State Department Foreign
Declared Terrorist Organization. As combatting terrorism is
a national level and PACOM priority, assistance to the Sri
Lankan military in containing LTTE terrorists in Sri Lanka
supports Post's Mission plan and PACOM's theater Security
Cooperation plan.
3. POC is LTC Richard S. Girven, Defense Attache tel 94-1-
448007, ext 2442.
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