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Submarinos nucleares en Rota

EE UU reconoce el desvío de submarinos nucleares por la Base Naval de Rota

  • El 93% de los buques de EE UU que pasan por la Península recalan en puertos españolas.
  • Sólo el 7% pasa por la Bahía de Algeciras.
  • EE UU reconoce su derecho a pasar por Gibraltar.
ID:
92460
Etiquetas:
PREL, MARR, PGOV, SP
Fecha:
2007-01-12 17:10:00
RefID:
07MADRID69
Origen:
Embassy Madrid
Clasificación:
CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN
Destino:
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C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRID 000069

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
NOFORN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/11/2027
TAGS: PREL, MARR, PGOV, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN: DEFMIN ON SECDEF/NATO MINISTERIAL, SUB
ACCIDENT, LEBANON, AFGHANISTAN, NCIS

Classified By: Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre for reasons 1.4 (b) & (d).

1. (C/NF) Ambassador Aguirre met with Spanish Defense
Minister Alonso January 11 to touch base on the upcoming
visit to Seville of SecDef Gates in connection with the
February 8-9 NATO Defense Ministerial. The two, who meet
frequently, were to meet briefly for coffee but the session
lasted an hour and a half and covered a range of issues.

2. (C/NF) On the SecDef visit, Alonso noted that he was eager
to meet Secretary Gates, had requested a bilat, and expected
it would take place in the usual manner during NATO Defense
Ministerials. Alonso told Ambassador Aguirre that he did not
know whether President Zapatero planned to be in Seville
during the Ministerial, noting that Zapatero's schedule at
this point might make his presence difficult. Ambassador
Aguirre noted that planning for the Ministerial seemed to be
on track based on reports from the USNATO/Embassy pre-advance
team which had just concluded a planning trip to Seville.

3. (C/NF) The Ambassador noted that Alonso might want to
conclude the on-going negotiations over the operations of the
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Air Force
Office of Special Investigations (OSI) by the time of the
SecDef visit. Alonso said his team was sending over a
revised, far simpler and shorter MOU draft text aimed at
finding a rapid and mutually agreeable solution to the issue.
(NOTE: Embassy/ODC received a fax'd copy of the new text in
English and Spanish and has sent it by e-mail to OSD for
initial review, and will also report by septel.) Alonso
stressed that the GOS desire for an MOU was driven by public
opinion concerns and the need for the government to
demonstrate it has oversight over the activities of other
governments in Spain. The new text, he hoped, would give the
GOS what it needed for public opinion but also be flexible
enough to allow the US to agree to it.

4. (C/NF) Alonso raised concerns about the US nuclear
submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP) that had docked at the
base in Rota, Spain (shared by US and Spanish Navies) after
an incident in British waters on December 29 in which four
sailors fell overboard and two sailors died. The MSP docked
at Rota on January 2 and has remained in port pending
completion of the accident investigation. Alonso said the GOS
wanted to a clear statement from the US, again for public
opinion purposes, about whether the MSP has extended its stay
because of problems with its nuclear propulsion system.
(COMMENT: The GOS is sensitive on this issue because of an
2000 incident in which the British sub Tireless spent nearly
a year in Gibraltar performing repairs to its propulsion
system. The incident caused loud public protests in southern
Spain. During the 2003 campaign, the current government
promised not to allow "another Tireless" incident if elected.
END COMMENT.) Ambassador Aguirre explained that the US would
expect GOS support on this matter, in the context of our
regular and frequent nuclear-powered sub visits to Rota.
Aguirre said the US had had taken note of the GOS's
preference for the US to send nuclear-powered subs to Rota
rather than the base in Gibraltar, which has been an irritant
to the GOS. The Ambassador said that if Spain were going to
go beyond normal agreed information-sharing requirements for
nuclear powered sub visits, Gibraltar would become a more
attractive alternative. Alonso reiterated his government's
public opinion concerns (Note: Embassy DAO/ODC are working
with NAVEUR and the GOS to resolve this matter in a way
satisfactory to US information-sharing caveats related to
nuclear vessels.)

5. (C/NF) Turning to regional issues, Alonso expressed
concern that Spanish troops in Lebanon, numbering some 1100,
are at increasing risk. He also noted that the MOD had
raised the alert levels for its troops resulting from the
December 30 ETA terrorist bombing which killed two people and
destroyed a huge parking garage and numerous vehicles at the
new wing of Madrid's Barajas airport. Alonso was also
discouraged by the situation in Afghanistan, noting that the
winter lull, due only to weather conditions, would not soon
last. With increasingly corrupt tribal leaders, massive drug
trade and increasing insurgency there, Alonso was pessimistic
about the end game in Afghanistan.
Aguirre;"