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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Program Annual Update

Published: Fri 24 Sep 2004 03:59 PM
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
UNCLAS QUITO 002592
SIPDIS
DEPARTMENT FOR PM/DTCC
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KOMC KSEP ETTC EC
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN PROGRAM ANNUAL UPDATE
REF: A. SECSTATE 205022
B. 03 QUITO 1058
1. In response to Ref A, Post provides the following
information on its Blue Lantern program:
-- Principal Point of Contact: Political Officer Gregory
Macris
-- Telephone: 593-2-256-2890, ext 4409
-- Fax: 593-2-254-0712
-- Email: macrisgp@state.gov (unclass);
macrisgp@state.sgov.gov (classified)
-- Estimated Departure Date: 7/2005
2. Due to Ecuador's proximity to Colombia and its historic
role as a transit point for both northbound weapons and
southbound narcotics, Post takes seriously its Blue Lantern
(BL) responsibilities. Most BL requests cover firearm and
ammunition imports - Ref B outlines weapons licensing
procedures in Ecuador. Upon receipt of a BL telegram, Post
conducts, at a minimum, the following namechecks on end users
and middlemen:
-- Regional Security Office (RSO) verifications
-- Regional Affairs Office (RA) verifications
-- Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) verifications
3. In addition, Post often verifies buyer bona fides with
Ecuador's licensing office, a part of the military joint
command, and requests assistance from local police to conduct
site visits. Emboffs endeavor to visit personally sites in
the Quito area; when funds (and time) allow, they will travel
to outlying areas. The Front Office takes an active role in
ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of Blue Lantern checks.
KENNEY
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