DE RUEHTI #0023/01 0141443
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 141443Z JAN 09
FM AMEMBASSY TIRANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7756
INFO RUEHSQ/AMEMBASSY SKOPJE 4528
RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 0024
RUEHVB/AMEMBASSY ZAGREB 3285
RUEHPOD/AMEMBASSY PODGORICA 0090
RUEHVJ/AMEMBASSY SARAJEVO 0743
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 2970
RHMFIUU/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHINGTON DC
RUWDQAC/COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/USCBP WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TIRANA 000023
STATE FOR ISN/ECC - YWONG, ACHURCH, JBALDWIN, LSPRINGER
STATE FOR EUR/ACE
USCBP INA FOR BPICKETT, MIRIZARRY
SECDEF FOR DTRA CDRAKE
USDOE FOR TMUSTIN, EMELAMED, KGARNER
VIENNA PLEASE PASS TO ICE ATTACHE
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: EXBS ADRIATIC REGION MARITIME REPORTING CABLE FOR DECEMBER
1. (U) BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS
-- None known.
2. (U) COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD
See paragraphs 4 and 5 below discussing equipment and training.
3. (SBU) MEETINGS DURING REPORTING PERIOD
-- December 1: Maritime Advisor met with SGS instructor, Mr. Fisnik
Rizvanolli, and conducted opening for the EXBS-funded NucTech X-Ray
scanner training at the Port of Durres.
-- December 3: Maritime Advisor attended meeting with Deputy Chief
of Mission, Political/Economic Chief and Chief of DOJ's ICITAP
Program and the General Director of Customs, Mr. Perparim Devishi.
Also in attendance from Customs were Mr. Bujar Vukaj, Deputy
Director General and Head of Investigating and Operating Department;
Mr. Aleksander Mugko, Head of Operating Center; Ms. Gladiola Hysi,
Head of Legal Division for EU Legislation Approximation; Ms. Jonka
Ceka, Head of Foreign Relations Directory; and Ms. Matilda Duri,
Head of Media and Press Relations Division. Maritime Advisor
discussed the scanner training currently taking place and future
training activities, including an upcoming Strategic Investigations
Course and plans for equipment training and a senior level visit to
the U.S. to meet with Customs and Border Protection.
-- December 8: Maritime Advisor attended second week opening for the
EXBS funded NucTech X-Ray scanner training at the Port of Durres.
--December 11-13: EXBS Regional Program Manager, Maritime Advisor
and Regional Advisor met with the following Albanian officials
during the course of a three day field visit by the EXBS Regional
Program Manager: Mr. Nikolla Civici, Head of the Center for Applied
Nuclear Physics; Mr. Erald Dervishi, State Export Control Agency;
Mr. Rustem Paci, Radiation Protection Office; Mr. Arben Ibroja, Port
of Durres Customs Director; Captain Kristaq Gerveni, CNO of the
Navy; Mr. Pellumb Nako, Border Police Director, Mr. Perparim
Dervishi, Customs Director; and Customs and Border Officers at
Muriquan, Northern Railroad Crossing and Hani i Hoti. EXBS Regional
Program Manager discussed program goals and upcoming training
opportunities and was briefed on current status of each agency's
capabilities and training needs.
4. (U) TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD
-- December 1-12: Two one-week sessions of the NucTech X-Ray Scanner
Training were conducted at the Port of Durres. The Du2res Customs
Director and Customs officers from Durres and Tirana attended the
-- December 15: Equipment demonstration for Customs Maritime
Anti-Contraband Unit conducted by contractor for equipment procured
-- December 16-18: Representatives from Albania's State Export
Control Agency (AKSHE) attended an EXBS-funded Best Practice
Exchange with the Romanian Export Control Agency (ANCEX) in
5. (U) EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD
6. (SBU) IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS REPORT:
-- January 19-23: Strategic Export Investigations Course conducted
TIRANA 00000023 002 OF 002
--January 27-29: Best Practice Exchange on use of NucTech Scanner
between Customs Officers from Kosovo and Customs Officers in the
Port of Durres.
--February 2: Tracker Assessment for State Export Control Agency.
-- February 16-20: Equipment Training conducted by Larry Adkins at
three locations in Albania.
-- March 2-6: WMD Crisis Incident Management Course by Defense
Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
--March 16-20: International Seaport Interdiction Training-II by
7. (SBU) SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS,
NONPROLIFERATION, OR RELATED BORDER SECURITY
-- None known.
8. (U) PORTAL MONITOR ALERTS
9. (U) RED FLAG ISSUES
10. (U) POC: LT Cari Bower, email: email@example.com.
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