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Cablegate: Senegal's Positon On Usg International Whaling Commission

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P 161318Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY DAKAR
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8327
INFO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS PRIORITY 0804
RUEHHE/AMEMBASSY HELSINKI PRIORITY 0017
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 0149
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI PRIORITY 1279
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 0013
RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY 2074
RUEHRK/AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK PRIORITY 0002
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY 0088
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 0114
RUEHVK/AMCONSUL VLADIVOSTOK PRIORITY
RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS DAKAR 001072

SIPDIS

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SENSITIVE

STATE FOR OES/OA - JFIELD, AF/EPS AND AF/W
USDOC FOR NMFA - CHERI MCCARTY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV EFIS KSCA PREL ETRD IWC SG
SUBJECT: SENEGAL'S POSITON ON USG INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION
(IWC) PRIORITIES

REF: STATE 056397

1. (SBU) Senegal plans to support the U.S. positions on the Bowhead
Whale quota and the Conservation Committee, according to Mrs. Ndeye
Ticke Ndiaye Diop, Senegal's International Whaling Commissioner and
Director of the Maritime Fishing Division of the Ministry of
Maritime Economy and Mr. Moustapha Thiam, Assistant Director and
Senegal's leading specialist on the IWC and whaling issues. EconOff
met with these GOS officials on May 15 to present U.S. priorities
for the International Whaling Commission's May 28-31 annual meeting
as requested in reftel. Thiam, who will represent Senegal in
Anchorage, asserted that Senegal has long supported the U.S.
approach and sees no reason to change. He added that the U.S.
priorities are reasonable and appear to be based on a scientific
approach, which also guide's Senegal's IWC policy. He also agreed
that Japan's proposal for small-type coastal whaling should be
presented with additional supporting research in order for the
Commission to fully and reasonably debate that request. Mrs. Diop
reinforced the importance of a scientific approach, but also
mentioned that "cultural" considerations need to be included in the
debate.

2. (U) DCM also demarched Mame Baba Cisse, the Director for
Internati8onal Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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