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06BRIDGETOWN1375
2006-08-08 21:38:00
CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN
Embassy Bridgetown
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CWC 2007: TRADEWINDS BECALMED

Tags:   ASEC  MOPS  PREL  XL 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/08/2016
TAGS: ASEC MOPS PREL XL
SUBJECT: CWC 2007: TRADEWINDS BECALMED

REF: BRIDGETOWN 1315

Classified By: DCM MARY ELLEN T. GILROY FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)



1. (U) This is an action message: see para. 6.



2. (C) SUMMARY: SOUTHCOM's annual Tradewinds exercise may
be a victim of Caribbean indifference. To date, there has
been tepid response to MLO requests for information on
participation by Cricket World Cup (CWC) countries. Post
respectfully suggests that during the visit of DHS Secretary
Chertoff to Trinidad, the Secretary raise this lack of
responsiveness with GOTT officials as an example of poor
partnership. END SUMMARY.



3. (C) For the past two years, SOUTHCOM's annual Tradewinds
exercise in the Caribbean was geared toward training and
preparation for CWC 2007. Tradewinds 2007 was to include
exercises in and assessments of the host nation venues.
Barbados was selected as the host nation for Tradewinds 2007.
In spite of post's best efforts, both by MLO and the Front
Office, Barbados failed to reply to repeated requests for
information in a timely fashion and is now one week past the
deadline for reply. Post understands that SOUTHCOM will
probably postpone the exercise until June or July 2007. Post
supports whatever decision SOUTHCOM will make regarding
Tradewinds 2007.



4. (C) During the first meeting of the CWC International
Support and Advisory Group (ISAG) (reftel), CWC nations
requested precisely the type of training that has been and
would be provided for by Tradewinds. CWC nations also
requested that Tradewinds take place during the competition.
(COMMENT: Post has repeatedly explained to Barbados and the
Eastern Caribbean States that Tradewinds is a training
exercise and cannot function as a security force. If they
wish additional U.S. forces to augment regional capacity,
they must request that in writing. To date, post has not
received a formal or informal request for U.S. forces to
assist during CWC. END COMMENT)



5. (SBU) When pressed by post, the commander of the Royal
Barbados Defense Force (RBDF) first claimed that the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs failed to transmit the diplomatic note
informing the RBDF that it was invited to host and
participate in Tradewinds 2007. In subsequent conversations
with the Ministry of Defense and Security, Ministry officials
stated they could not respond without knowing in advance the
total cost to the GOB.



6. (C) ACTION REQUEST: Post recommends that the Department
consider requesting DHS Secretary Chertoff raise this with
GOTT Prime Minister Manning, who is also the CARICOM Head of
Government responsible for security, during the Secretary's
visit to Port of Spain later this week.



7. (C) COMMENT: The GOB has, in effect, passed on the
opportunity provided by hosting Tradewinds 2007. During the
July 26-27 ISAG meeting, the U.S. delegation, and all other
international members of the ISAG, strongly emphasized the
idea of partnership and legacy projects. The GOB is
particularly sensitive about being treated as an equal in
international fora, frequently chastizing Mission management
for failing to show sufficient respect for its status and
positions. The failure of the GOB to provide a reply, one
way or the other, in a timely manner, reveals a government
more concerned with form than substance. Its inaction may
also signal Barbados' discomfort with the prospect of
outsiders evaluating the Caribbean host countries' security
preparations at the specific match venues. The July 26-27
ISAG sessions made publicly clear how much work will be
required to meet even a minimum standard of security for the
upcoming event. The CWC host nations' overall
unresponsiveness since the ISAG meeting does not bode well
for the USG and other members of the ISAG, as we try to
manage (unrealistic) expectations as to what security support
the U.S. and the international community will provide during

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a major sporting event for which the region is woefully
unprepared.
KRAMER