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04GUATEMALA1635
2004-07-01 22:15:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Guatemala
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POST SUGGESTS POSTPONING PROPOSED VISIT ON PSI

Tags:   KNNP  MNUC  PARM  PREL  GT 
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012215Z Jul 04
						C O N F I D E N T I A L GUATEMALA 001635 

SIPDIS

STATE PASS TO NP/RA, T, L, AND WHA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/01/2014
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM PREL GT
SUBJECT: POST SUGGESTS POSTPONING PROPOSED VISIT ON PSI
SHIP BOARDING AGREEMENT

REF: A. A. GUATEMALA 985


B. B. SECSTATE 141034

Classified By: PolOff Nicole Otallah for reasons 1.4, a,b,d



1. (C) While Post fully supports the establishment of a
Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) ship boarding
agreement with Guatemala, we wish to avoid overloading the
MFA and Congress while other sensitive bilateral issues are
on the boiler. The MFA has recently indicated that pushing a
PSI ship boarding agreement at this time could risk diverting
attention from Article 98, still pending Congressional
approval (Ref A), and generate a misperception in the GOG of
overwhelming demands from the USG. Therefore, Post suggests
postponing the proposed visit by interagency PSI negotiating
team (Ref B) until October or November, following hopeful
passage of Article 98.



2. (C) In the past year, Post has successfully lobbied for
GOG and Congressional approval for the Maritime Agreement,
Mayan Jaguar (giving permission to the US military to
participate in joint anti-drug air interdiction operations),
and Article 98 (supported by the Executive, but still pending
Congressional approval). Additionally, while not a USG
initiative, we have strongly supported Congressional passage
of a UN Commission to Investigate Clandestine Groups
(CICIACS), which is hugely controversial. Following these
initiatives, Post believes that it would be prudent to wait
until October/ November before presenting the MFA with
another major agreement, on PSI, in order to avoid
overloading the MFA.

HAMILTON