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07BRATISLAVA630 NUCLEAR SMUGGLING INCIDENT AT PRIBENIK, SLOVAKIA REF: 06 STATE 163201 Classified By: Lawrence R. Silverman, Deputy Chief of Mission, for reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 2007-11-29 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Bratislava
07BRATISLAVA648 UPDATE ON NUCLEAR SMUGGLING INCIDENT AT PRIBENIK, SLOVAKIA REF: A. 06 STATE 163201 B. BRATISLAVA 00630 Classified By: Lawrence R. Silverman, Deputy Chief of Mission, reason 1 .4(b) and (d) 2007-12-06 2011-02-01 SECRET Embassy Bratislava
08KYIV768 UKRAINE: UNODC Nuclear Legislation Workshop - A Model for 2008-04-16 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Kyiv
08TRIPOLI650 LIBYA SEEKS TO PURCHASE 130,000 KALASHNIKOVS FOR UNKNOWN END-USERS CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, CDA, Embassy Tripoli, Department of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 1. (C) UK Embassy PolOff told P/E Chief on August 10 that HMG's Embassy in Tripoli had recently received a request from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to vet a request for a license to export to Libya a sizeable quantity of automatic rifles. UK company York Guns, acting as the intermediary between an unidentified Ukrainian arms manufacturer and procurement officials at Libya's Temporary People's Committee for Defense (MinDefense-equivalent), has requested an export license to deliver 130,000 Kalashnikov automatic rifles (NFI on model) to Libya in the fourth quarter of 2008. According to UK PolOff, it is not clear what the rifles would be used for; attempts to solicit further information from York Guns representatives and Government of Libya (GOL) officials have "raised more questions than they answered". 2. (C) He said the UK had received no answer as to whether the weapons would be used to equip Libyan military units, and in any event was skeptical that such would be the case given the quantity involved. (Note: Information available to the DATT suggest that Libya's armed forces comprise approximately 90,000 personnel, of which some 60,000 are in the ground forces. The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies puts the total number of military personnel at 76,000. End note.) UK PolOff noted that the UK is concerned that the intention may be to re-export the weapons, particularly to armed rebel factions backed by Khartoum and/or Ndjamena in the Chad/Sudan conflict. He thought the license request would not be approved. 3. (SBU) In a similar case reported in open source media in April, Italian police arrested a number of Italian arms traffickers in February 2007 who were finalizing arrangements for the delivery of 500,000 Chinese-manufacture T-56 automatic rifles to Libya. The 500,000 represented the initial tranche of a deal that was to have included one million automatic rifles and 10 million rounds of ammunition. Media reports and Italian contacts indicated that Italian authorities concluded from their investigation that the weapons were to have been re-exported from Libya to Chad and Sudan. 4. (C) Comment: The fact that York Guns and GOL officials have been vague about the intended end-use of the 130,000 Kalashnikov rifles raises potentially troubling questions about the extent to which Libya is still involved in supplying military materiel to parties involved in the Chad/Sudan conflict. End comment. STEVENS 2008-08-18 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI829 AL-QADHAFI: TO RUSSIA, WITH LOVE? 2008-10-17 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI868 U.K. DENIES LICENSE FOR EXPORT OF KALASHNIKOVS TO LIBYA; GOL POTENTIALLY SEEKING ALTERNATIVE SELLERS REF: A) TRIPOLI 650, B) STATE 95271 CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, CDA, Embassy Tripoli, U.S. Dept of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 1. (C) U.K. Embassy PolOff told P/E Chief on October 30 that HMG had decided not/not to approve a license for U.K. company York Guns to export to Libya 130,000 Kashnikov automatic rifles. Per ref A, York Guns was to have acted as intermediary between an unidentified Ukrainian party and procurement officials at Libya's Temporary People's Committee for Defense (MOD-equivalent). Based on the intervention reported ref B and on concerns expressed by the U.K.'s Embassy in Tripoli that the Government of Libya (GOL) might have intended to re-export the weapons to either the governments or armed rebel factions in Chad and Sudan, the U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommended about one month ago against approving the export license. After conducting a review of the case, Whitehall concurred on October 30 with the decision to not/not approve the export license. 2. (C) Separately, Muhammad el-Obeidi, a Libyan businessman with ties to some quarters of Muammar al-Qadhafi's regime, told P/E Chief on October 23 that he had signed a contract with a Romanian company (NFI) for the export from Romania to Libya of 100,000 AK-47S automatic rifles. (Note: El-Obeidi's older brother was Libya's Minister of Defense from 1954-1969; his nephew is a former Prime Minister and the current MFA Secretary (U/S-equivalent) for European Affairs. End note.) El-Obeidi signed the contract in late September in Paris during a business trip there. El-Obeidi said he had been tapped to help facilitate procurement for the Jafl al-Khamis ("Khamis Brigade"), a special forces unit headed by Khamis al-Qadhafi, son of Muammar al-Qadhafi. He said Captain Ahmed Ben Shraga'a, head of procurement for the unit, has instructions to work through el-Obeidi on a number of "special procurement issues". El-Obeidi was open about the contract, but avoided the question as to whether the rifles were to be used in Libya or re-exported to another destination. STEVENS 2008-11-06 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI870 AL-QADHAFI'S RUSSIA TRIP SIGNALS DESIRE FOR FOREIGN POLICY 2008-11-06 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09STATE39054 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON THE ARREST OF 2009-04-20 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
09STATE40237 UKRAINE: REPORTING ON THE FEBRUARY 24-25, 2009 2009-04-22 2011-02-01 SECRET Secretary of State
09MOSCOW2943 ALLEGED NUCLEAR SMUGGLING INCIDENT AT THE RUSSIA-KAZAKHSTAN BORDER REF: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN FSN AND RUSSIAN CUSTOMS OFFICER RELAYED TO EXBS ADVISOR Classified By: DCM ERIC RUBIN FOR REASONS 1.4 (B, C, D). 2009-12-04 2011-02-01 SECRET Embassy Moscow
08BRASILIA1652 UKRAINE REQUESTS USG SUPPORT FOR UKRAINIAN-BRAZILIAN SPACE LAUNCH JOINT VENTURE AT ALCANTARA 2008-12-23 2011-01-26 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
09STATE3691 RESPONDING TO UKRAINIAN QUESTIONS CONCERNING USG 2009-01-14 2011-01-26 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
09BRASILIA193 UKRAINE REQUESTS USG SUPPORT FOR UKRAINIAN-BRAZILIAN SPACE LAUNCH JOINT VENTURE AT ALCANTARA 2009-02-13 2011-01-26 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08STATE56861 E-PINE POLITICAL DIRECTORS, APRIL 30TH MEETING IN 2008-05-28 2011-01-13 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
08STATE114173 NORDIC AND BALTIC POLITICAL DIRECTORS, OCTOBER 2 2008-10-27 2011-01-13 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
07BAKU1227 PRESIDENT ALIYEV ON ENERGY ISSUES IN ADVANCE OF 2007-10-09 2010-12-15 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baku
08STATE103511 NOTIFICATION OF AFFECTED STATES: HIJACKING OF BELIZE-FLAGGED 2008-09-27 2010-12-09 SECRET Secretary of State
08NAIROBI2290 WHITHER M/V FAINA'S TANKS? 2008-10-02 2010-12-09 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Nairobi
09KYIV1942 U.S.-UKRAINE NONPROLIFERATION MEETINGS SEPTEMBER 2009-11-09 2010-12-09 SECRET Embassy Kyiv
09NAIROBI2497 Kenya responds to Sudan tank demarche 2009-12-16 2010-12-08 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Nairobi
09MADRID869 UPDATES IN SPAIN’S INVESTIGATIONS OF RUSSIAN MAFIA 2009-08-31 2010-12-07 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Madrid
08WARSAW1409 POLAND: A NATURAL U.S. ALLY ON EASTERN POLICY 2008-12-12 2010-12-06 SECRET Embassy Warsaw
08KYIV2173 UKRAINE: TOO EARLY TO WRITE OFF ROSUKRENERGO (RUE) 2008-10-30 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
08KYIV2294 UKRAINE: FIRTASH USES CRISIS TO EXPAND INTO BANKING 2008-11-21 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
08KYIV2414 UKRAINE: FIRTASH MAKES HIS CASE TO THE USG 2008-12-10 2010-12-01 SECRET Embassy Kyiv
06KIEV1261 UKRAINE ELECTION 2006: WINNERS, LOSERS, TRENDS 2006-03-30 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
08MOSCOW587 RUSSIA-UKRAINE RELATIONS: YUSHCHENKO AND 2008-03-01 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
08LONDON2211 UK WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT GEORGIA; “ON THE SAME 2008-08-28 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy London
10KYIV168 UKRAINE: LOW PROFILE FOR SECURITY ISSUES IN THE 2010-01-29 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
10KYIV278 FORMER TYMOSHENKO INSIDER CALLS HER DESTRUCTIVE, 2010-02-24 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
08PARIS114 SARKOZY, KOUCHNER ADVISERS ON NATO, RUSSIA, IRAN, 2008-01-23 2010-11-29 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paris
09MOSCOW2529 ASD/ISA VERSHBOW'S SEPTEMBER 30 VISIT TO MOSCOW: 2009-10-06 2010-11-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
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