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Viewing cable 07SANJOSE2073, COSTA RICA: RETURN TO WHINSEC

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07SANJOSE2073 2007-12-20 17:05 2011-03-07 18:06 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy San Jose
Appears in these articles:
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-06/Investigacion/NotasDestacadas/Investigacion2702320.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-06/Investigacion/NotasSecundarias/Investigacion2702325.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-06/Investigacion/NotaPrincipal/Investigacion2702324.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-06/Investigacion/NotasSecundarias/Investigacion2702326.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-06/Investigacion/NotasSecundarias/Investigacion2702327.aspx
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FM AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9301
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES PRIORITY 0325
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 1103
RUEHLP/AMEMBASSY LA PAZ DEC 0673
RUEHMN/AMEMBASSY MONTEVIDEO PRIORITY 0467
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L SAN JOSE 002073 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR WHA/CEN, WHA/PPC, PM 
SOUTHCOM ALSO FOR FPA AND WHINSEC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/17/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV MASS PINR CS
SUBJECT: COSTA RICA: RETURN TO WHINSEC 
 
REF: SAN JOSE 1999 
 
Classified By: CDA Peter M. Brennan for reason 1.4 (d). 
 
1. (SBU) On December 13, Public Security Minister Fernando 
Berrocal wrote President Oscar Arias a letter recommending 
that Costa Rican law enforcement personnel "could maintain a 
training scheme" at WHINSEC to receive counternarcotics, 
counterterrorism and other "strictly police" training.  (Full 
text and informal translation emailed to WHA/CEN and 
SOUTHCOM.) 
 
2. (C) Following the plan that Berrocal outlined to us after 
his November visit to Fort Benning, President Arias will not 
respond to this letter, and his silence will be treated as 
acquiescence.  Berrocal will then be authorized to resume 
unrestricted, non-military training for Costa Rican law 
enforcement personnel at WHINSEC. 
 
3. (C) COMMENT: Berrocal's letter ended the controversy 
(reftel and previous), which began in May when Arias told 
School of the America's Watch (SOAW) representatives that the 
GOCR would no longer send students to WHINSEC.  However, two 
areas of potential concern remain, especially since this 
"private" correspondence will likely surface in the media 
sooner or later: a) the use of "could" (quoted in para 1 
above) instead of the stronger "will" or "should" might 
provide an opening for a SOAW counterattack that Costa Rica 
is not fully committed to training at WHINSEC, after all; and 
b) an implicit (and false) expectation, that the USG will 
help equip the Air Section of the Ministry of Public Security 
with two additional helicopters.  (Berrocal and his staff 
made this pitch during their visits to JIATF-South and 
SOUTHCOM in November.)  On balance, however, we welcome the 
letter; Berrocal kept his word, and WHINSEC training for 
Costa Ricans can continue. 
BRENNAN