05BUCHAREST1130 / 2005-05-13 14:18:00
Embassy Bucharest
                UNCLAS BUCHAREST 001130 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE DEPT FOR EUR/NCE - WILLIAM SILKWORTH 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: MARR, MASS, PARM, AF, RO, military cooperation 
SUBJECT:  INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND END USER 
AGREEMENT FOR ROMANIAN ARMAMENT DONATION TO THE AFGHAN 
NATIONAL ARMY 
 
1.  The Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) received 
a letter dated May 4 from the Romanian Ministry of National 
Defense addressed to ODC regarding Romania's offer to donate 
armaments to the Afghan National Army.  Post notes that the 
MOD letter states that the GOR cannot pay for the "internal 
transportation" cost of the armaments, estimated at USD 
35,520, nor "handling costs" at the airport of shipment. 
The letter also underscores that the GOR requires an end 
user certificate from the Afghans.  The text of the letter 
is in Romanian and Post's informal translation of the letter 
follows: 
 
Unclassified 
 
SIPDIS 
Copy no. 1 
 
Romania.  Ministry of National Defense 
General Staff.  Logistics Directorate 
05/04/2005 Nr. L/4153 
Bucharest 
 
To Mr. LTC IRA C. QUEEN 
CHIEF OF THE OFFICE FOR DEFENCE COOPERATION 
 
 
The Romanian Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Sorin Ducaru, has 
sent us Diplomatic Note nr. 043/2005 from the US Embassy in 
Bucharest, which provides notice of the agreement for the 
donation and informs us that you and Mr. Christopher Palmer 
are the contact persons at the US Embassy. 
 
At the same time, [America] inquires about the possibility 
of [Romania] covering the costs of the internal 
transportation of the donation, to the airport of shipment 
and whether the armament should be taken from another 
location. 
 
In this regard, we would like to ask you to communicate to 
the Embassy the following: 
- the airport of shipment is the International Airport 
"Mihail Kogalniceanu"; 
- the armaments are currently in the Targoviste garrison, 
located 350 kilometers from the airport; [Embassy Note: The 
reference to "the airport" refers to the Mihail Kogalniceanu 
airport near the city of Constanta.  The distance between 
the cities of Constanta and Targoviste is more than 300 
kilometers.  End Embassy Note.] 
- the armaments will be shipped to a location five 
kilometers from the airport, one or two days before the 
airplane arrives and will remain there until boarding; 
- Romania can cover neither the costs of the internal 
transportation of the armament estimated at USD 35,520 
(according to the annex), nor the handling costs at the 
airport of shipment; 
- Romania cannot initiate the procedure of promoting a 
government decision to approve the donation, unless it 
receives the end user certificate from the Afghan 
government.  The certificate in original is necessary for 
the issuance of the export license; 
- the details regarding the dimensions of the donation are 
in conformity with the annex.  Annex: one page, 
unclassified. 
 
SIPDIS 
 
Respectfully yours, 
 
Brigadier General Dr. Craciun Leucea 
Deputy Chief of the Logistics Directorate 
For the Chief of the Logistics Directorate 
 
Drafted by Colonel Aurel Filip, tel. 1001341 
 
 
End informal Post translation of text. 
 
2.  Attached to the letter is an "Unclassified Annex" in 
table format, which provides a breakdown in Romanian of the 
cost of internal shipment of the armaments from their 
current location to the airport of shipment.  The annex also 
provides details about the quantity, size, volume and weight 
of the armaments to be donated. 
 
Delare 

            
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