Blanket COPE Standard Template


Blanket Country Over Private Entity (COPE) Standard Template

The Embassy of the United States of America presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of (Host Country) and has the honor to refer to recent discussions regarding the potential transfer of defense articles and/or defense services from a third government to a private entity that is physically located within the jurisdiction of the Government of (Host Country) (“Private Entity”).

The Government of the United States of America considers consenting to a transfer of defense articles and services from a third country to a Private Entity only upon being furnished with assurances from the Government of (Host Country).

In accordance with the foregoing, the Government of (Host Country) hereby gives its assurances that unless the prior written consent of the Government of the United States of America has been first obtained:

(A) It will not permit a private entity, which has received defense articles and/or services into the jurisdiction of the government of (Host Country), to retransfer said defense Articles and/or services,

or any component thereof, by sale, lease, release, assignment, loan conveyance or any other means to any Government, entity, international organization, or person not an officer, employee or agent of the private entity or the Government of (Host Country);

(B) It will not permit a private entity, which has received defense articles and/or services into the jurisdiction of the government of (Host Country), to use said defense articles and/or services, or any component thereof, for any purpose other than those for which provided;

(C) It will ensure that a private entity, which has received defense articles and/or services into the jurisdiction of the government of (Host Country), maintains the security of said defense articles and/or equipment, or any component thereof, and will provide substantially the same degree of security protection afforded to such articles and information by the Government of the United States of America; and

(D) It will retain ultimate responsibility for ensuring that any technical information retained by a private entity, which has received defense articles and/or services into the jurisdiction of the government of (Host Country), remains in the territorial boundaries of (Host Country) and under the legal jurisdiction of the Government of (Host Country).

The Embassy proposes that if the foregoing is acceptable to the Government of (Host Country), this note, together with the Ministry's reply, shall constitute an agreement between the two governments (a Country Over Private Entity Blanket Assurance agreement) which shall enter into force on the date of the Ministry's reply. The Embassy of the United States of America avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the (Host Country) the assurances of its highest consideration.