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06BRIDGETOWN1811
2006-10-12 19:52:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Bridgetown
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AMBASSADOR KRAMER FAREWELL TOUR: ANTIGUA AND

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/21/2016
TAGS: EINV PGOV PREL PINR CASC ELAB OPIC KIDE AC XL
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR KRAMER FAREWELL TOUR: ANTIGUA AND
BARBUDA

REF: BRIDGETOWN 1706

Classified By: CDA MARY ELLEN T. GILROY FOR REASONS 1.4 (b) AND (d)



1. (C) SUMMARY: During a September 20 visit to Antigua and
Barbuda, Ambassador Kramer met with Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer, continuing her series of farewell meetings with
leaders of the seven island-nations to which she is
accredited. The Ambassador also met with Minister of
Housing, Culture, and Social Transformation Hilson Baptiste
to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the U.S.
Geological Survey Seismic Warning Station. Additional
meetings the same day with Attorney General Justin Simon,
Minister of Tourism Harold Lovell, and Amcits William Rogers
and Natalia Querard are reported in full reftel. End Summary.

FAREWELL WITH PRIME MINISTER SPENCER


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2. (U) On September 20 Ambassador Kramer visited Antigua and
Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer accompanied by PAO
Julie O'Reagan, Amcit William D. Rogers and PolOff
(notetaker). GOAB Permanent Secretary Ambassador Colin
Murdoch and GOAB Ambassador to the U.S. Deborah May Lovell
(sister to Minister of Tourism Harold Lovell) accompanied PM
Spencer. The meeting was cordial and focused on positive
developments and cooperation achieved over the past two and a
half years.



3. (SBU) Ambassador Kramer was pleased to inform Prime
Minister Spencer that the State Partnership Program (SPP) had
been recently signed, whereby the Florida National Guard will
partner with the Regional Security System (RSS) for Subject
Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs) in a variety of military and
civilian governmental activities. Spencer noted that his
security officials had mentioned with some concern the
possible reduction in funding to support the Antigua and
Barbuda Defence Force. The Ambassador acknowledged his
concern, stating the she would have to check with the
Military Liaison Office (MLO) to see if that was the case.
(Note: According to MLO, there is no reduction in funding
scheduled. However, because Antigua and Barbuda is
delinquent in paying parking fines in the U.S., over USD
17,000, this may affect the total amount disbursed. End
Note.)

HALF MOON BAY INTERJECTION


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4. (C) William Rogers, former U.S. Assistant Secretary for
Latin American Affairs, attorney/representative for Mrs.
Natalia Querard, attended the meeting as well and gave
Spencer a book written and personally inscribed by Henry
Kissinger. He also presented the PM with a copy of the draft
MOU for resolution of the Half Moon Bay (HMB) resort
expropriation. He informed Spencer that Mrs. Querard needed
title to the land in order to get the insurance money to
begin refurbishing the resort, and noted that persuading her
to agree to the document as written was not easy.



5. (C) Spencer queried whether Mrs. Querard was willing to
sign the MOU and Rogers stated that she was. (Note: At a
subsequent lunch meeting with the Ambassador, Mrs. Querard
made it clear that Rogers would be the one to sign, not/not
she. End note.) Spencer noted that he would await the
recommendation of AG Simon after the meeting later in the day
(reftel), and remarked that while the GOAB was pleased with
recent developments, it had hoped to be at this point much
earlier. (Comment: Spencer's observation reflects his
belief that the dialogue stalled in July 2005, when the GOAB
proposed a similar MOU. End comment.) Spencer also raised
the issue of back severance pay for former HMB employees whom
Mrs. Querard had agreed to compensate, despite the fact that
it was the legal responsibility of the management company, no
longer operating in Antigua, and not hers. Rogers assured
the PM that she was still willing to honor that commitment.

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT IN OAS VOTE


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6. (SBU) Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to the U.S. Deborah
May Lovell made a request at the end of the meeting for USG
support for Dr. Jackie Quinn-Leandro as President of the OAS
Inter-American Commission of Women. Ambassador Kramer

acknowledged Dr. Quinn-Leandro's qualifications and positive
reputation in the region, without committing support.

U.S. Geological Survey - MOU


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7. (U) At a press conference later that afternoon,
Ambassador Kramer and Antigua and Barbuda Minister of
Housing, Culture, and Social Transformation Hilson Baptiste
signed an MOU to place a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Seismic Warning Station on Barbuda. USGS Regional Specialist
Jean Weaver and GOAB National Office of Disaster Service
Deputy Director Philmore Mullins were on hand to address
technical and logistical questions.

COMMENT


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8. (SBU) Despite a few unexpected turns in the day's
schedule, the Antigua meetings were generally cordial and
upbeat, focusing on positive achievements and looking toward
continued good relations. Post recommends USG support for
Dr. Quinn-Leandro for leadership of the OAS Inter-American
Commission of Women.
GILROY