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04PARIS9154
2004-12-28 15:05:00
SECRET
Embassy Paris
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U.S. EMBASSY DEMARCHE TO THE FRENCH CONCERNING POSSIBLE PROLIFERATION-RELATED ACTIVITIES BETWEEN INDIA'S DEFENSE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (DRDO) AND THE FRENCH FIRM SAGEM

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						S E C R E T PARIS 009154 

SIPDIS

FOR NP/CBM

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/28/2014
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC HK PK CM GM FR MTCRE

SUBJECT: U.S. EMBASSY DEMARCHE TO THE FRENCH CONCERNING POSSIBLE PROLIFERATION-RELATED ACTIVITIES BETWEEN INDIA'S DEFENSE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (DRDO) AND THE FRENCH FIRM SAGEM
REF: SECSTATE 250901
Classified By: EST Counselor Robert W. Dry for Reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).



1. (S) On 12 December 2004, EST officer Alexander Tounger delivered a demarche and provided a non-paper to French Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Point of Contact (POC) David Bertolotti, MFA Deputy Director of Disarmament and Nuclear Non-proliferation, concerning the planned visit in mid-October 2004 by scientists from India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to the French firm SAGEM. In response, Bertolotti commented that he found the possible inclusion of the project director for the Agni medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) project in the group of visiting DRDO scientists to be ""curious."" Bertolotti then added that Sagem was well acquainted with the regulations governing the transfer of controlled materials and technology, and he would be very surprised if the company was, in fact, providing assistance to the DRDO with the intention to pass prohibited technologies. Bertolotti assured EST officer that he would look into the matter immediately.
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