|Wikileaks:||View 04SANTODOMINGO1361 at Wikileaks.org|
|Origin:||Embassy Santo Domingo|
|Tags:||PGOV HA DR|
|Redacted:||This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.|
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UNCLAS SANTO DOMINGO 001361 SIPDIS DEPT FOR TF1 - HAITI AND FOR WHA/CAR, WHA/PA, INL, PA; SOUTHCOM FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV, HA, DR SUBJECT: CANARD; ALLEGED TRAINING OF HAITI INSURGENTS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Embassy advises that Boston Globe reporter Bryan Bender (e-mail email@example.com, tels 202-857-5060, cell 202-369-6856) drafted on February 29 a text based on allegations of unidentified sources (including one "Haitian official") that Haitian insurgents received training and weapons from U.S. Southcom/Special Forces training teams in Santo Domingo in 2003 during the Operation Jaded Task. Some were supposedly "under cover" of building hospitals and clinics. Allegation is that U.S. military shortly afterwards delivered 20,000 M-16s to the Dominican army and some were smuggled across to Haiti. 2. We understand that an intel agency referred this story to Southern Command public affairs for reply. 3. This story is close to 100 percent false. For the record and after checking within the Embassy, we note: - - Operation "Jaded Task" was scheduled for March 2003. This special forces training exercise is carried out every other year in a partner country in the hemisphere. The 2003 exercise was scheduled for Peru but when Peruvian authorities were unable to host, venue was changed to the Dominican Republic. Though some initial survey work was done, in fact the exercise did not repeat not take place. - - Two clinics and two schools were in fact repaired or built in May 2003 by Seabees on exercises in operation "New Horizons." - - Under the U.S. program for Foreign Military Financing (FMF), the U.S. has arranged to provide the Dominican military with 20,000 reconditioned M-16 A1 rifles, previously used by the U.S. National Guard. None of these -- repeat none -- has yet been delivered. - - The United States military has not at any time provided military training in the Dominican Republic for Haitians or for private contractor paramilitaries. - - It is true that in early 2003 Foreign Minister Tolentino Dipp asked the Embassy for details about planned military training, and the Embassy furnished this information. This occurred in the context of unfounded press reports alleging that U.S. forces would number in the thousands and that they would be engaged in tasks other than training. KUBISKE
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