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Cable sobre negociaciones de presos

En 2008, este cable secreto enviado por la secretaría de Estado a la embajada en Suva, Fiji, trata sobre negociación de los presos chinos musulmanes

ID: 184135
Date: 2008-12-20 07:02:00
Origin: 08STATE133238
Source: Secretary of State
Classification: SECRET
Dunno: 08STATE122112
Destination: O 200702Z DEC 08 ZFF4
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY SUVA NIACT IMMEDIATE
INFO CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY CANBERRA
AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON

S E C R E T STATE 133238


E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/18/2018
TAGS: PHUM, PTER, PREL, PINR, KDRG, KR
SUBJECT: OBTAINING A COMMITMENT FROM THE GOK TO
RESETTLE THE GTMO UIGHURS

REF: STATE 122112

Classified By: S/WCI Ambassador Clint Williamson for
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

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SUMMARY AND ACTION REQUEST
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1. (S) This cable is being sent NIACT Immediate
because the Ambassador needs to take immediate action
prior to a December 21 cabinet meeting in Kiribati.

2. (S) The Department requests that the Ambassador use
the information in this cable, including the nonpaper
included in paragraph 5, to obtain a firm commitment
from the Government of Kiribati (GoK) to resettle the
17 Uighurs being held by the United States in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO).

3. (S) The interagency has prepared an incentive
package to offer the Government of Kiribati to
resettle the Uighurs in Kiribati. We understand that
GoK wishes only to take Uighurs who are willing to be
transferred. It is possible that some or all the
Uighurs may object to resettlement in Kiribati.
Provided any Uighurs are resettled, the USG has agreed
to thank Kiribati by implementing these projects in
full. DOD has immediate access to the $1.5 million in
resettlement assistance and intends to use its
resources to undertake the projects identified below
that would fulfill the USG commitment to the GoK.

4. (S) In recognition of the Government of Kiribati's
firm offer of resettlement for the Uighurs, DoD is
prepared to move forward with using $1.5 million for
the culvert and de-salinization projects described in
the reftel, regardless of whether any Uighurs are
actually resettled in Kiribati. This is a component
of the USPACOM theater engagement strategy. If,
however, a firm offer of resettlement is received, but
no Uighurs are resettled in Kiribati, the other
projects referred to below will not proceed. End
Summary.

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OBJECTIVES
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5. (S) The Department requests that the Ambassador
draw from the points included in the nonpaper in
paragraph 5 to conclude an arrangement with the
Government of Kiribati to resettle the GTMO Uighurs.
The Ambassador may also deliver the nonpaper in full
to the GoK.

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NONPAPER
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6. (S/Rel Kiribati) Begin text.

The United States government understands that the
Government of Kiribati wishes to make available an
option to resettle in Kiribati the 17 Uighurs
currently located at the Guantanamo detention
facility. The United States government understands
that the Government of Kiribati would like to make
this option available only to those Uighurs who wish
to be resettled in Kiribati. Once a formal offer for
resettlement is provided by the Government of
Kiribati, the United States government intends to
approach the attorneys for the Uighurs with the
proposed resettlement option, to determine which (if
any) Uighurs will take the option on a voluntary
basis.

The United States intends to provide a per capita
resettlement "allowance" of $85,000 per each detainee
that voluntarily accepts resettlement in Kiribati.
These funds are to be provided at the time of
resettlement and are intended to supply the government
of Kiribati with appropriate resources to cover the
costs associated with the successful resettlement of
these individuals, i.e. appropriate housing, food,
training, etc.

Separately, if the Government of Kiribati shares our
understanding with respect to the resettlement of the
17 Uighur detainees, the United States intends to
implement assistance projects as follows: (1) if the
Government of Kiribati makes a firm offer to accept
Uighurs for resettlement but no Uighurs are ultimately
resettled, the United States is nevertheless prepared
to implement $1.5 million in assistance projects
(culverts and desalinization) in recognition of this
resettlement offer; (2) if at least one of the Uighurs
is resettled in Kiribati, the United States government
intends to implement assistance projects valued at
approximately $3 million. The United States expects
the assessment team currently in Kiribati to recommend
what projects would be covered in the larger
assistance package.

Separately, the United States recognizes that repairs
to the runway on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island are
important to the transportation needs of the island.
If at least nine Uighurs resettle in Kirbati, the
United States intends to undertake a technical and
logistical assessment into what will be required to
make the runway serviceable. Upon conclusion of this
assessment, the United States, in consultation with
the Government of Kiribati, intends to find a way to
make the necessary repairs.

The timeline for implementing the humanitarian
assistance projects and Kiritimati Island runway
repairs will depend upon the requirements and costs of
each project.

The United States is aware of the desire of the
Government of Kiribati to have Peace Corps volunteers
return to Kiribati and will encourage the Peace Corps
to favorably consider reopening the Kiribati program
as soon as conditions and resources permit and subject
to U.S. laws and regulations.

The United States is also aware of the desire of the
Government of Kiribati to facilitate the visa process
for citizens of Kiribati traveling to the United
States and intends to review this concern in light of
applicable U.S. policies, laws and regulations.

End text.


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REPORTING DEADLINE
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7. (C) The Department requests that the Ambassador
report the results of his efforts by front-channel
cable to S/WCI Ambassador Clint Williamson by December
23, 2008.


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POINT OF CONTACT
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8. (U) For additional information on this request,
please contact S/WCI's Jason Gorey (202.647.8219) or
EAP's Steven Schwartz (202.647.9990). Both may also
be reached via e-mail or through the Department's
Operations Center.


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