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SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN - April 2010
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Gates Signals Reengagement With Region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said his attendence at a regional security summit in Barbados and President Barack Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative send a signal that “the United States is reengaging with this region.” Story

Gates: DoD Not Hiding Fort Hood Details

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates disputed claims that the Defense Department was withholding information from the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood, Texas, shooting incident. Story

Secretary Touts Colombia as Security Model

BOGOTA, April 15, 2010 –Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered high praise to Colombia as an “exporter of security” that, by sharing lessons learned in its crackdown against a leftist insurgency and drug-trafficking cartels, provides a model for the region. Story

Gates to Meet With Caribbean Counterparts

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 15, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados, for meetings to show support for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative aimed at curbing drug trafficking and other trans-border threats. Story

Secretary Seeks to Expand on Successes

BOGOTA, April 14, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Bogota to offer congratulations and support for Colombia’s progress in the fight against its insurgency and the lessons it is sharing with its neighbors in the region. Story

Defense Secretary Expresses
Confidence In U.N Progress on Iran

LIMA, Peru, April 14, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence in progress being made toward passing a U.N. Security Council resolution that would ratchet up sanctions against Iran for refusing to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Story

Gates Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Peru

LIMA, Peru, April 14, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates declared his Lima meeting with Peruvian Defense Minister Rafael Rey a positive step toward deepening a bilateral security arrangement that “is vitally important to both of us.” Story

Gates: Internet Video Shows
‘Soda Straw’ View of War

LIMA, Peru, April 14, 2010 – Video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Iraq that resulted in civilian casualties shows just part of the story, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story

Gates Expresses Confidence
In Continued Manas Access

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 13, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence that political upheaval in Kyrgyzstan won’t cause the United States to lose use of an air base that’s critical to supplying operations in Afghanistan. Story

Secretary Cites Importance of
Preventing Civilian Casualties

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 13, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates re-emphasized the top priority U.S. and NATO forces have put on protecting civilian lives, an effort he called critical to the success of the Afghanistan strategy. Story

Gates Travels to Peru to
Promote Regional Cooperation

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 13, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is traveling to Lima, Peru, for the first stop of a regional visit to encourage continued multilateral cooperation in confronting common threats and to explore new ways the United States can help. Story

Gates to Foster Cooperation
With Latin American Countries

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will focus on Latin America, signing a defense agreement with Brazil, then visiting Peru, Colombia and the Caribbean to reaffirm U.S. commitment to the region and promote closer defense cooperation. Story

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Peruvian Defense Minister Rafael Rey hold a press conference at the Peruvian Ministry of Defense in Lima, Peru, as part of a four-day trip to South America, April 14, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is welcomed by Peruvian officials after arriving in Lima, Peru, as part of a four-day trip to Latin America, April 13, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison