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http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/09/09JAKARTA1458.html#
Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09JAKARTA1458
2009-09-02 07:18
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Jakarta

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C O N F I D E N T I A L JAKARTA 001458

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DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, EAP/RSP, PM
NSC FOR J. BADER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/03/2019
TAGS: PREL PGOV PARM ID RP
SUBJECT: GOI CLAIMS MIX-UP IN SMALL ARMS SEIZED IN THE PHILIPPINES

Classified By: Pol/C Joseph L. Novak, reasons 1.4(b+d).

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: According to the GOI, the recent seizure of
Indonesian-made small arms by the Philippines was a mistake,
as the arms were lawfully exported from Indonesia. The
seizure has hit the press here and Indonesian lawmakers have
pledged to investigate the country’s arms-related export
control system. Prompted by the negative press play, the
Ministry of Defense has announced that the GOI is forming a
new agency to monitor arms-related transfers. The Indonesian
small arms industry is not well-developed and is primarily
the domain of state-owned enterprises. Mission is working
with the GOI to strengthen its export control regime. END
SUMMARY.

SEIZURE OF SMALL ARMS

¶2. (SBU) The GOI has been investigating the recent seizure
of Indonesian-made small arms by the government of the
Philippines. According to press reports and GOI contacts,
Philippine customs officials detained a Panama-registered
vessel for failing to give notice before mooring off of the
Bataan Peninsula. They then seized a cache of small arms
which were reportedly destined for the government of Mali and
a Philippine shooting association, asserting that the arms
were being unlawfully imported into the Philippines. Customs
officials reportedly confiscated 10 P-2 handguns, 100 SS1-V1
assault rifles and other military devices.

¶3. (C) Indonesians believe that the seizure was in error and
that the small arms were legally exported. According to GOI
Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. General Slamet Hariyanto,
state enterprise PT Pindad was responsible for the small arms
cargo until the cache was placed on board the vessel at which
time the shipping company took over responsibility. Military
Chief General Djoko Santoso said that PT Pindad had been
authorized to export the shipment by the Ministry of Defense
and the State Ministry for State Enterprises.

¶4. (C) The Indonesian Director General of Customs and Excise
told the press that the documents were in order at the time
of the ship’s departure from Jakarta’s port. The seized
goods were valued at under USD 100,000. RWB Arms Inc, a
Philippine company was responsible for handling the shipment
upon arrival in the Philippines, according to the GOI, and
the GOI believes that that company had valid papers. GOI
contacts have insisted to us that the small arms were bound
for legitimate end-users (they did not confirm who, though
Mali and a Philippine shooting association have been
mentioned).

LAWMAKERS TO INVESTIGATE; GOI TO CREATE NEW AGENCY

¶5. (SBU) The incident has hit the press here and caused a
stir. It prompted Indonesian lawmakers to pledge to
investigate the seizure. Yusron Ihza Mahendra and Djoko
Susilo, lawmakers on Parliament’s Commission on defense and
foreign affairs, said the government should question
pertinent GOI officials to understand where any
misunderstandings occurred and push for tighter export
controls for arms-related purchases.

¶6. (SBU) Reacting to all of the commentary, Indonesia’s
Ministry of Defense announced on September 1 that the
government was planning to establish a new agency to
supervise the import and export of weapons.

INDONESIA’S SMALL ARMS INDUSTRY

¶7. (U) The small arms industry in Indonesia is not
well-developed and Indonesia does not have much export trade
of arms-related items. PT Pindad, the largest small arms
manufacturer, is a state-owned enterprise specializing in
military weapons and ammunitions. Until 1983, it was under
the management of the Indonesian military. PT Pindad is now
under the authority of the Ministry for State Enterprises.

¶8. (U) Mission continues to work with the GOI to strengthen
its export control regime.

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