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02TEGUCIGALPA3463 2002-12-27 21:03:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tegucigalpa
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ESTABLISHMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WORKING GROUP

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					  C O N F I D E N T I A L TEGUCIGALPA 003463 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CEN, ALSO FOR D/HS, HOMELAND SECURITY GROUP

C O R R E C T E D C O P Y (PARA 2 LAST WORD)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/24/2012
TAGS: PTER CVIS PREL PGOV APER KCRM SNAR HO
SUBJECT: ESTABLISHMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WORKING GROUP

REF: SECSTATE 263389

Classified By: Ambassador Larry Palmer; Reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).



1. (U) SUMMARY: Per reftel, Post has established a Homeland
Security Working Group (HSWG) in order to focus on and
support "homeland security abroad" in Honduras. Post will
incorporate its HSWG responsibilities into the existing work
of its Counternarcotics/Law Enforcement Committee (CNLE).
END SUMMARY.



2. (C) Per reftel, Post determined it appropriate to
establish its HSWG by way of assigning the new homeland
security duties and responsibilities into the existing work
of its Counternarcotics/Law Enforcement Committee. Post's
CNLE meets biweekly and is comprised of representatives from
the Political, Consular, Economic and Public Affairs
Sections, as well as RSO, DEA, TAT, INS, DAO, MILGP,
JTF-Bravo, ICITAP and ORCA.



3. (U) The CNLE Committee deals with a variety of
counternarcotics, law enforcement and security issues in
addition to counterterrorism matters. Additionally, the CNLE
addresses customs, container, and port security, maritime
operations and immigration and visa Viper issues. A chief
focus of the CNLE has been the growing nexus of
drugs-for-arms deals between drug traffickers and Colombian
terrorist groups that are taking place in Honduras. The
functions of the existing CNLE fit hand-in-glove with HSWG
responsibilities. The representatives who participate on the
CNLE are the same individuals who would coordinate HSWG
functions. Therefore, Post has determined that the CNLE
Committee will become the CNLE/HSWG Committee.
Palmer