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06BRIDGETOWN1315
2006-07-28 22:09:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY PREPARES TO STEP UP INTO

Tags:   ASEC  CPAS  PINR  PTER  AFIN  UNSC  USOAS  XL 
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P 282209Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3008
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY 0101
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 1478
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 0090
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RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 2491
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 0364
RUEHSP/AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN PRIORITY 9476
RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY 0062
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON PRIORITY 0014
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAHLC/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L BRIDGETOWN 001315 

SIPDIS

NOFORN
SIPDIS

RELEASABLE TO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, SOUTH AFRICA, UNITED
KINGDOM
DEPT FOR WHA/CAR MICHAEL FORTIN
DEPT FOR INL SERGIO GARCIA
DEPT PASS TO DHS FOR JAMES (BRAD) KIDWELL
DEPT PASS TO CBP FOR CHARLES BARTOLDUS
SECDEF PASS TO JCS
SECDEF PASS TO OSD
SOUTHCOM FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2016
TAGS: ASEC CPAS PINR PTER AFIN UNSC USOAS XL
SUBJECT: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY PREPARES TO STEP UP INTO
THE CREASE IN SUPPORT OF CWC 2007

REF: A. BRIDGETOWN 910

B. BRIDGETOWN 1286

Classified By: DCM Mary Ellen T. Gilroy for reasons 1.4
(b) and (d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L BRIDGETOWN 001315

SIPDIS

NOFORN
SIPDIS

RELEASABLE TO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, SOUTH AFRICA, UNITED
KINGDOM
DEPT FOR WHA/CAR MICHAEL FORTIN
DEPT FOR INL SERGIO GARCIA
DEPT PASS TO DHS FOR JAMES (BRAD) KIDWELL
DEPT PASS TO CBP FOR CHARLES BARTOLDUS
SECDEF PASS TO JCS
SECDEF PASS TO OSD
SOUTHCOM FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2016
TAGS: ASEC CPAS PINR PTER AFIN UNSC USOAS XL
SUBJECT: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY PREPARES TO STEP UP INTO
THE CREASE IN SUPPORT OF CWC 2007

REF: A. BRIDGETOWN 910

B. BRIDGETOWN 1286

Classified By: DCM Mary Ellen T. Gilroy for reasons 1.4
(b) and (d)


1. (C) SUMMARY: The first meeting of the International
Support and Advisory Group (ISAG) for Cricket World Cup 2007
was held July 26-27 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The objective
of the meeting was to pull together an informal group
composed of hosting and playing nations and the international
community to achieve rapid results supporting public safety
planning and coordination for CWC. Despite some gaping holes
in the Regional Security Plan, developed without any external
input, and an eight-page list of resources needed from the
international community, the meeting was generally perceived
as a success. Results included greater consensus and
specific action items for both the hosting nations and the
international community. Progress was also made on the
margins regarding implementation of the Advance Passenger
Information System (APIS) and the Caribbean Regional Maritime
Agreement (CRMA). End Summary.

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PARTICIPANTS
--------------


2. (U) CARICOM for CWC: Jamaica Minister of National
Security Dr. Peter Phillips (ISAG Chair), Barbados Deputy
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Barbados former Senator Phillip
Goddard (Science, Technology and International Investment
Advisor to Barbados PM Arthur), and representatives from the
International Cricket Council (ICC), the Implementing Agency
for Crime and Security (IMPACS), the CARICOM Operations
Planning Agency for Crime and Security (COPACS), the

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), the
Regional Security System (RSS) and officials from Jamaica,
Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

International Delegations: Canadian High Commissioner Michael
Welch, British High Commissioner Duncan Taylor, Australian
High Commissioner John Michell (resident in Port of Spain),
South African Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Prius,
Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik (resident in Ottawa),
the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), Interpol, and a
representative from New Zealand.

U.S. from Bridgetown: Head of Delegation Ambassador Mary
Kramer, Deputy Chief of Mission Mary Ellen Gilroy, Deputy
Consul General Laurie Major, Consul General Clyde Howard,
Regional Security Officer Robert Starnes, Military Liaison
Office Commander Patrick (Kofi) Aboagye and Political Officer
Shannon E. Runyon (notetaker).

Washington-based Members: State WHA/CAR Michael Fortin, State
INL Sergio Garcia; Customs and Border Protection Executive
Director Charles Bartoldus; Department of Homeland Security
James (Brad) Kidwell; and Coast Guard Captain Michael Jett
(Miami).

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ISAG
--------------


3. (U) Caribbean and international community representatives
met July 26-27 in Bridgetown, Barbados to discuss plans for
ensuring public safety in advance of and during Cricket World
Cup (CWC) which will be hosted in nine Caribbean countries
March-April 2007. Dr. Peter Phillips of Jamaica chaired this
first meeting of the International Support and Advisory Group
(ISAG), with the assistance of Duncan Jarrett and Franchesca
Flessatti. (NOTE: HMG detailed Jarrett from Scotland Yard
and Flessatti from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to
CARICOM to advise on and coordinate the ISAG. Both were
assigned to the British Embassy in Athens 2000-2004 and were
active members of the security and public safety advisory
group organized by embassies in Athens prior to the 2004
Olympics. End Note.)


4. (U) NOTE: Warm-up and cup matches will be held March 5 -
April 28 on Antigua, Barbados (Finals and Closing Ceremony),
Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica (Opening Ceremony), St. Kitts, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad. Dominica will not host
matches, but will provide ancillary support. End Note.


5. (U) The combined sessions included brief discussions of
lessons learned in preparations in Greece for the 2004
Olympics and in South Africa for CWC 2003. Local police and
defense officers presented overviews of their internal
assessments of threats and needs. The group acknowledged
that no country could host an international event of this
magnitude in isolation and that all parties had a common
purpose in ensuring public safety. The small size of the
hosting nations, their limited human and financial resources,
and logistical issues related to hosting an international
event in nine independent nations adds significantly to the
planning challenges. Nevertheless, it was emphasized that
this was not a donors' conference. Time was noted as the
greatest foe.


6. (C) In private session, the ISAG discussed the need to
manage the expectations of the hosting nations, and to shift
their focus away from acquiring new assets and toward fitting
existing assets into the regional security plan. The ISAG
agreed that, rather than fulfilling the extensive eight-page
wish list, its goal would be to build on foundations already
laid and leave legacy programs, such as the DHS-sponsored
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), in place for
future use. ISAG was identified as the appropriate vehicle
to offer all advice and constructive criticism, so that no
one nation would be singled out as "the bully."

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SIX POSITIVE OUTCOMES
--------------


7. (C) In wrapping up the progress of the two-day meeting,
Facilitator Duncan Jarrett highlighted six positive outcomes
of the meetings:

a) The international side volunteered experienced mass-event
planners to review the Caribbean regional and national
security plans to offer advice on how the plans can be


improved. South Africa will take the lead as it was the last
CWC host.

b) ISAG Facilitators (Flessatti and Jarrett) will draft a
timeline of past, present and future security and public
safety related training offered by ISAG members.

c) Informal Terms of Reference were agreed upon by all
parties.

d) All parties agreed to coordinate upcoming security
exercises to ensure that they were relevant to the regional
and national CWC security plans, specifically with regard to
public safety concerns.

e) ISAG experts will be allowed to observe host nation test
events; the experts will provide reports detailing successes
and areas for improvement to be shared with host nations.

f) CBP Executive Director Charles Bartoldus and former
Barbados Senator Phillip Goddard were identified as points of
contact on coordinating immigration issues to include APIS,
visa issuance, integration of Interpol inputs, training and
linkages.

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FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS
--------------


8. (C) Each side was tasked with producing information for
the second ISAG, tentatively scheduled for late September.

HOST NATION ACTIONS:

a) National and regional status of forces agreement(s),
which address legal and practical implications for
international forces working within their territories. It is
also essential that there be a clear, mutually agreed chain
of command.

b) Develop a matrix of assets - material and human -
previously provided by donor nations, including their current
location and how they can be integrated into the regional and
national security plans.

c) A fully integrated, linear command structure for
presentation to the ISAG. (Note: The partial command
structure presented by IMPACS was circular and did not
include any reference to political decisions or international
inputs. End note.)

d) Identify links between health and public safety concerns
within the regional and national security plans.

e) Create a better mechanism to integrate political
decisions and the planning process and how to communicate the
decisions to the operational level.


9. (C) ISAG ACTIONS

a) Provide a matrix of relevant assets and training provided

by the international participants, since January 2005. Lead:
Canada (Note: This is a cross-check to 8b. End Note.)

b) A matrix of future assets and training which will be
integrated with 9a. Lead: ISAG (Jarrett and Flessatti)

c) Identify experts to assist COPACS with refining the
Regional Security Plan. Lead: South Africa

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PROGRESS ON THE MARGINS - APIS AND CRMA
--------------


10. (C) The USDEL conducted highly productive side
discussions on implementing APIS. A copy of the MOI signed
by some heads during the St. Kitts HOGs meeting (ref. B) was
obtained and sent to WHA/CAR. A site in Barbados to house
APIS has been identified, and Goddard is taking the lead on
discussions with the landlord. (NOTE: The location is
adjacent to the NEC compound and is part of NEC landlord's
business park. End note.) Customs and Border Protection
will send a site survey team to Barbados to begin
preparations for setting up the CARICOM APIS Center after
August 1.


11. (C) CARICOM selected Goddard to lead the steering
committee which will include one representative each from
Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Kitts and
Nevis. DHS/CBP invited the steering committee to Washington,
tentatively August 6-8, for meetings on the U.S. APIS program
and to establish a joint timeline for implementation.


12. (C) Progress was also made on reviving action on the
stalled Caribbean Regional Maritime Agreement (CRMA).
Apparently, several, but not all, CARICOM member states, in
response to the original CRMA demarche, drafted a list of
desired equipment as a signing quid pro quo. This list was
never transmitted to the USG. Barbados will try to locate a
copy of the list. Jamaica will press other CARICOM states to
sign and consent to be bound by the CRMA. Ambassador Kramer
will press CRMA when she meets St. Lucia PM Anthony next
week. On the margins of the ISAG, USDEL members highlighted
the benefits CRMA could bring to CWC host nations.

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COMMENT
--------------


13. (C) Despite a befuddled start due to unrealistic
expectations, a vague master plan, a very short timeline to
produce results and lack of a clear understanding what
petition-weary donors were willing and able to provide, the
meeting was a success. Expectations were gently lowered
without visible indignation, plans were defined, and progress
appeared to be made. There is much left to do, and the clock
is ticking.


14. (C) Post anticipates unrealistic requests will still be
made. There may be serious problems trying to produce a
mutually acceptable command and control structure and status
of forces agreements for both uniformed services and law
enforcement. Only eight months remain to prepare for a
two-month sporting event that will bring 30,000-50,000
cricket fans to a regional already hosting tens of thousands
of American citizens during the traditional tourist season
(December-May). It is encouraging that members of the ISAG
shared similar concerns and agreed on common positions to
advise and assist the future CWC hosts.
KRAMER