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Cablegate: Prearrangement for Medevacs of Protected Migrants

Published: Mon 1 Oct 2007 05:23 PM
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TO AMEMBASSY KINGSTON 6170
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TAGS: PREF PHUM PREL SMIG CU JM
SUBJECT: PREARRANGEMENT FOR MEDEVACS OF PROTECTED MIGRANTS
FROM GUANTANAMO
REF: 07 KINGSTON 1425
1. This is an action message, please see paragraph 2.
2. Department appreciates Embassy's effort to obtain GOJ
advance concurrence to bring protected migrants from
Guantanamo to Jamaica for medical treatment, as necessary.
In response to the suggestion of MFAFT Director of Bilateral
Relations to a written exchange of notes or or letters,
Embassy is requested to propose the following language for an
exchange of notes. If the GOJ concurs with this language,
Embassy may proceed to exchange notes.
Draft Exchange of Notes
Complimentary opening:
The United States Government provides protection on the U.S.
Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, to certain migrants who have
been found to be in need of international protection, pending
resettlement in a third country. From time to time during
their stay, migrants may require medical services beyond the
capacity of the facilities on Guantanamo Bay. The Embassy
proposes to transport such migrants, with escort, to Jamaica
to access needed medical services. After receiving
treatment, such migrants would return to the Naval Station.
The U.S. Government would pay the costs of transportation to
and from Jamaica, as well as the reasonable costs of
necessary medical services, subsistence, and other needs for
such migrants and their escorts while in Jamaica. The
Embassy requests that the Government of Jamaica facilitate
the entry, stay, and departure of such migrants and escorts
for the period of time necessary to obtain required medical
services.
The International Organization for Migration, or another
international or non-governmental organization designated by
the U.S. Government, may act on behalf of the U.S. Government
to implement this proposal.
The Embassy further proposes that this note, and the
Ministry,s affirmative note in reply, constitute acceptance
of this proposal.
Complimentary closing
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