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Cablegate: Terrorist Financing Coordinating Officer

Published: Fri 2 Dec 2005 01:14 PM
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
UNCLAS QUITO 002743
SIPDIS
PASS EB/ESC/TFS JEAN T. CLARK
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KTFN PTER EFIN ETTC KVPR PREL EC
SUBJECT: TERRORIST FINANCING COORDINATING OFFICER
REF: STATE 175637
1. In response to reftel, Post,s Terrorist Finance
Coordination Officer (TFCO) is DCM Jefferson Brown, telephone
number 593-2-256-2890 ext. 4420. His unclassified email
address is brownjt2@state.gov. The
Deputy TFCO is Economic Officer Donn-Allan Titus, telephone
number 593-2-256-2890 ext. 4468. His email address is
titusd@state.gov.
2. Until October, Ecuador,s money laundering law had been
woefully inadequate. After significant efforts by Post,
particularly the Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS), Ecuador
recently passed a vastly improved (though not perfect) money
laundering law. NAS is also working with the Organization of
American States (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control
Commission (CICAD) on a program to develop a Financial
Investigations Unit (FIU) to help more effectively implement
the new law. The Political and Public Affairs sections have
used private and public diplomacy to increase support for
combating money laundering, while the Econ section works with
the Superintendent of Banks and others on the issue, with
special attention to terrorist financing. DEA investigations
also contribute to these mission objectives.
3. Our key short-term priorities are the effective
implementation of the new money laundering law and more
effective regulation of the banking sector. Post would
welcome any program of technical assistance that would help
us meet those priorities.
BROWN
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