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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 TEGUCIGALPA 000209SUBJECT: MINISTER OF DEFENSE REITERATES NO SHOOT-DOWN POLICY AND SHARES AIR DEFENSE STANDARDOPERATING PROCEDURES
REF: A. TEGUCIGALPA 203B. TEGUCIGALPA 193C. STATE 15961D. TEGUCIGALPA 179Classified By: Ambassador Larry Palmer; Reasons 1.4(b) and (d)¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Minister of Defense (MOD)Frederico Breve delivered a document to theAmbassador on January 27 which explains theHonduran Air Force's (HAF) standard operatingprocedures for intercepting intruding civilaircraft violating Honduran airspace and the use oflive ammunition, including warning shots, againstsuspected narcotrafficking aircraft or othersuspect aircraft flying in Honduran airspace. TheGovernment of Honduras (GOH) also provided copiesof the incident reports for the 1/20 plane crash inthe department of Lempira. The MOD and the Chiefof the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated unequivocally,and in writing, that the GOH has a strict policy ofnot shooting down civil aircraft. Breve welcomedthe possible visit of a U.S. team to discuss air