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1. (S/NF) Summary: In response to information provided
reftel, AmEmbassy Colombo convened a meeting of the core
Emergency Action Committee (EAC). The EAC concurred that the
death of the Hizballah leader was unlikely to affect Post's
security profile, and therefore the EAC felt that it was not
necessary to increase security measures or issue a Warden
message. End summary.
2. (S/NF) The core EAC met on February 15, 2008 to discuss
whether the death of Hizballah leader Imad Mughniyeh would
affect Post's security environment. The EAC took note of the
fact that there is no Israeli diplomatic presence in Sri
Lanka, nor is there a Hizballah presence. Moreover, Iran,
which is seeking to improve its diplomatic relations with Sri
Lanka, would be unlikely to allow Hizballah to threaten U.S.
interests even if Hizballah had a presence here. In light of
these facts, the EAC concluded that it was unlikely that
Mughniyeh's death would impact Post's security environment.
Therefore, the EAC felt that it was not necessary to increase
security measures, which are already stringent, or issue a
Warden message on the basis of this event.
3. (U) Post will continue to monitor the security
environment, and will report further developments, if any,
septel. POC for this message is RSO Michael V. Perkins, who
may be contacted at 22.214.171.12485, 126.96.36.19988 (MSG Post
1 after regular business hours), via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org (unclassified) or