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05DJIBOUTI1094 2005-11-02 10:22:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Djibouti
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DRAFT LETTER FOR KAMAJ ON VACANT BUILDING ACROSS

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					UNCLAS DJIBOUTI 001094 

SIPDIS

FOR AF DAS DON YAMAMOTO
FOR AF/EX VIRGINIA MILHOUS
FOR OBO/AM FRANKLIN WHITE
FOR L/AF
FOR DS/IP/ITA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL AMGT DJ
SUBJECT: DRAFT LETTER FOR KAMAJ ON VACANT BUILDING ACROSS
FROM COMPOUND

REF: A. DJIBOUTI 1071


B. E-MAIL 11/1/05 V. MILHOUS



1. (U) Using information provided Ref (B), Embassy requests
Department's approval of Ambassador sending following letter
in response to Ref (A) letter of request for compensation for
vacant building across from Embassy compound:

Begin text of draft letter:
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Mr. M. Houssein Mahmoud
Director
KAMAJ, Agence Immobiliere
Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

Dear Mr. Mahmoud:

Thank you for your letter of July 8, 2005, addressed to
Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State,
regarding the unoccupied privately-owned building directly
across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti.

As you know, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
provides that the receiving state has a "special duty to
protect the premises of the mission" of a foreign state
represented in the receiving state. I think both the
Government of the United States and the Government of
Djibouti agree that having an uncontrolled facility in such
close and open proximity to the U.S. mission, and directly
overlooking the premises of the U.S. mission, is inconsistent
with this duty.

The way in which Djibouti chooses to fulfill its protective
obligations to the U.S. mission is, of course, entirely in
the hands of the Government of Djibouti. We deeply
appreciate the Government's continued support in this regard.

At the present time, the U.S. Embassy has no need for the
land on which the "Soleillet" building sits. Therefore, we
are not in a position to reply favorably to either the offer
of rental, sale or other forms of compensation you have
presented on behalf of the building's owners.

Sincerely,


Marguerita D. Ragsdale
Ambassador

-

End text of draft letter.




2. (U) Would appreciate Department's swift reply and comment.



concerning the property .
RAGSDALE