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Cable 302: Panama Requests Military Support From the US and Colombia for Its Campaign against FARC Militants

Cable 302: Panama Requests Military Support From the US and Colombia for Its Campaign against FARC Militants

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This is a 2008 US embassy report on a Panamanian request for military assistance from the US and Colombia for its ongoing campaign against FARC militants who have infiltrated the province of Darien near the border with Colombia.
This is a 2008 US embassy report on a Panamanian request for military assistance from the US and Colombia for its ongoing campaign against FARC militants who have infiltrated the province of Darien near the border with Colombia.

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O 161244Z DEC 08FM AMEMBASSY PANAMA TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2719S E C R E T PANAMA 000917SUBJECT: PANAMA: GOP REQUESTS COLOMBIAN HELOS TOHELP CONTROL FARC INCURSIONS IN THE DARIEN
Classified By: Ambassador Barbara J. Stephenson forreasons 1.4 (b), (c ), and (d)
-------------------------------------------------1st VP/FM Expresses Concern to Ambassador, Seeks Assistance-------------------------------------------------
1. (S//NF) First VP and FM Samuel Lewisexpressed his concern over recent events in theDarien and requested U.S. assistance addressing theFARC threat in this border region that abutsColombia, during a one-on-one meeting at hisprivate office on December 12. The December 11firefight between members of Panama's NationalFrontier Service (SENAFRONT) and armed irregulars,apparently belonging to the FARC, in the village ofMenene near the Colombian border in the Darienserved as the impetus for this meeting. One manwas wounded and captured by the SENAFRONT officersin this clash and is currently in Panama Cityundergoing medical treatment and in police custody.Lewis noted the concern among indigenous leaders in
 
the area, following unconfirmed reports of FARCactivity in the Embera-Wounaan Sambu Comarca.(Note: Embera Grand Cacique Betanio Chiquidamaasserted to POLOFF on December 12 that "armedirregulars" had forced the residents of twovillages to flee on December 12. The precise natureof events to which the Grand Cacique as referringremain unclear. End Note). Lewis asked theAmbassador for night vision goggles (NVG) and USGsupport for a GOP request to the Government ofColombia (GOC) for helicopters. Ambassador urgedthe GOP to permit two-three members of the U.S.Navy SEAL Counter Narco-Terrorism training teamthat is presently in-country training SENAFRONT todeploy to SENAFRONT's Headquarters in Meteti,Darien, to help plan and direct SENAFRONToperations.
-------------------------------------------Panama Seeks to Lease Colombian Helicopters-------------------------------------------
¶2. (S//NF) According to Lewis, the GOP intendsto ask the GOC to lease it two-three Bell 212helicopters, noting that Panama had recentlytrained a group of pilots from the National Aero-Naval Service (SENAN) to fly these aircraft. Henoted that the difficulty SENAFRONT had in gettingreinforcements to Menene, following reports thatlocal teachers had been taken captive by and forcedto cook for armed irregulars. Lewis noted thatthis situation had made it clear to the GOP thatthey needed to provide SENAFRONT with airliftcapability immediately and could not wait forthe delivery of the five UH-1 "Huey" helicopters
 
presently being refurbished. Lewis asked that theUSG weigh in with the GOC in favor of this request.Anticipating that the GOC might object on thegrounds that such a lease would leave a helicopterdeficit for Colombian forces, Lewis requested thatthe USG consider supplying Colombia with morehelicopters to "backfill" behind this request.Lewis noted that Panama could not request thehelicopters directly from the U.S. because Panamawould not allow U.S. pilots to fly in the Darien,for fear of U.S. casualties, and the U.S. would notallow Panamanian pilots to fly U.S. helicopters.
-----------------Panama Seeks NVGs-----------------
 3. (S//NF) Lewis also asked for immediatedelivery of night vision goggles (NVGs) to allowSENAFRONT to operate more effectively at night.Post's Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) sent arepresentative to SOUTHCOM who picked up 20 NVGsthat had been previously acquired for SENAFRONT andother Panamanian security forces. When Ambassadorreported that ODC anticipated bringing NVGs toPanama on December 15, Lewis said he was extremelypleased with the Embassy's and SOUTHCOM's rapidresponse.
------------------------------------------- Ambassador Urges GOP to Accept SEAL Support-------------------------------------------

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