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Title: AMBASSADOR LOBBIES FOREIGN MINISTER ON SOFA

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06JAKARTA69122006-06-01 10:40:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Jakarta
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SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR LOBBIES FOREIGN MINISTER ON SOFA 
 
REF: A. STATE 88273 
 
     ¶B. STATE 87329 
     ¶C. JAKARTA 6773 
     ¶D. JAKARTA 6770 
     ¶E. JAKARTA 6656 
     ¶F. STATE 86516 
 
Classified By: Amb. B. Lynn Pascoe, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
 ¶1.  (C) During a June 1 meeting with Foreign Minister 
Wirajuda (other subjects septel), the Ambassador noted that 
while the presence of U.S. military personnel in Yogyakarta 
for earthquake relief is expected to be short, the United 
States considers a SOFA important to cover those deployments. 
 For that reason, we had suggested having a brief exchange of 
notes repeating what we had previously done in 2005.  The 
Ambassador said that that the U.S. would be pleased to pursue 
a more general SOFA in conjunction with our expanded military 
exchanges, adding that there had been preliminary discussions 
in bilateral meetings about the possibility, but doing a 
simple document now was the only realistic approach given the 
short time frame involved. 
 
¶2.  (C) The Minister said that the GOI would be open-minded 
and be willing to explore the possibility of a broader SOFA. 
As for the present situation he noted that since the 
deployment time would be so short, it might be best to have 
no SOFA at all.  The Ambassador rejoined that such a document 
was very important to the United States in case there was an 
accident or other incident.  The Minister's response was 
non-committal. 
 
¶3.  (C) Subsequent to the meeting, PolCouns and North America 
director Harry Purwanto spoke about the possibility of 
returning to the approach adopted during previous 
humanitarian crises.  Purwanto ducked, saying that he would 
have to discuss the issue with Ministry lawyers.  He added 
that he had thought all along that the issue of establishing 
a SOFA would not be possible given the expected short 
timeframe of the presence of the American military forces, 
and the desire of attorneys to include points they considered 
important. 
 
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