Viewing cable 05SANSALVADOR2464
Title: EL SALVADOR OFFERS SUPPORT IN HURRICANE KATRINA

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05SANSALVADOR24642005-09-06 21:05:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy San Salvador
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UNCLAS SAN SALVADOR 002464 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: AEMR EAID ES PGOV PREL US HURRICANE KATRINA
SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR OFFERS SUPPORT IN HURRICANE KATRINA 
RELIEF EFFORT 
 
REF: A. STATE 162270 
 
     ¶B. STATE 163366 
 
¶1.  During the Ambassador's and DCM's August 31 meeting with 
Foreign Minister Lainez, President Saca phoned to express his 
sympathy and solidarity, and to offer whatever assistance 
possible to the USG and/or affected states.  Saca indicated 
that he would send letters the following day to President 
Bush and three governors, reiterating these themes. 
According to FM Lainez, President Saca met with Defense 
Minister Romero the morning of September 1, after which the 
the Minister of Defense called the Ambassador to communicate 
the offer of Salvadoran military assistance. 
 
¶2.  El Salvador's Legislative Assembly voted the evening of 
August 31 to authorize the dispatch of Salvadoran troops to 
assist in rescue and humanitarian relief efforts in the 
affected areas.  The 70 votes in favor (out of a total of 84 
Legislative Assembly seats) crossed party lines to include 
the full political spectrum--even the hardliner opposition 
Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). 
 
¶3.  MilGroup met with CHOD, Gen. Caceres, who specifically 
offered a task force comprising 100-150 troops in medical, 
engineering, and military police specialties. 
 
¶4.  Per reftel A, Ambassador phoned Foreign Minister Lainez 
September 2 to indicate that, "in principle", we accepted 
their gracious offer of assistance, and that we would respond 
soon with further details if their aid is needed, and if so, 
what kinds of assistance might be most helpful. 
 
¶5.  In accordance with reftel B, the Embassy on September 4 
provided to GOES a list of priority items needed.  Foreign 
Minister Lainez assured Charge during a September 4 
conversation that he would inform President Saca and cabinet 
colleagues of the items on the list, and that the GOES would 
respond. 
Butler