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Identifier
Created
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08BELMOPAN423
2008-09-27 21:17:00
SECRET
Embassy Belmopan
Cable title:  

BELIZE RESPONSE: HIJACKING OF BELIZE-FLAGGED CARGO

Tags:   EWWT  MOPS  PREL  PHSA  XA  SO  RS  LG  UP  BH 
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						S E C R E T BELMOPAN 000423 

SIPDIS

C O R R E C T E D C O P Y. ADDED ROUTING INDICATORS AND
CHANGED SPELLING OF ADDRESSEES

FOR WHA/CEN ROIS BEAL

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/27/2018
TAGS: EWWT MOPS PREL PHSA XA SO RS LG UP BH
SUBJECT: BELIZE RESPONSE: HIJACKING OF BELIZE-FLAGGED CARGO
SHIP M/V FAINA IMO NUMBER 9419377

REF: STATE 103511

Classified By: Classified by Charge d,Affaires J.A. Diffily for
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (S) Poloff delivered reftel demarche September 27 to Mr.
Oliver del Cid, Deputy Coordinator of the National Security
Council Secretariat, Ministry of National Security. Mr. del
Cid stated that IMMARBE, the International Merchant Marine
Registry of Belize, was concerned about the welfare of the
crew. He stated that the pirates had allowed the crew to
make one phone call on September 26 and they reported, at
that time, that all crew members were safe. He said also
that the Ministry of National Security was conscious that the
situation needed to be dealt with due to the nature of the
cargo and indicated that he presumed the U.S. would take some
sort of action. Mr. del Cid is seeking concurrence at a
higher level in the GOB as requested in reftel for possible
U.S. military action as a last resort to prevent delivery of
the cargo. He said he will report back to Poloff as soon as
possible, understanding that post needs a reply by 29
September latest.



2. (S) Mr. del Cid asked whether the ship was moving.



3. (S) Mr. del Cid also said he was unable to comment on
whether Belize would be willing or able to assist in
prosecuting the pirates. He did indicate, however, that the
GOB would likely need to know the estimated costs involved in
prosecuting the hijackers.
DIFFILY