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Cablegate: Canada Officially Requests App Membership

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SUBJECT: CANADA OFFICIALLY REQUESTS APP MEMBERSHIP

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1. Officials from Environment Canada and the Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade confirmed to ESTH
Counselor on July 6 that letters signed by Environment
Minister John Baird and Foreign Minister Peter MacKay
officially requesting Canada's admission to the Asia Pacific
Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) had all
been delivered, except for that to Korea, which was set to be
delivered on July 9. Per reftel, officials had told Embassy
they hoped to have the letters delivered by the end of June.
However, since they were to be delivered at high levels
(i.e., by ambassadors and high commissioners to ministers)
scheduling complications delayed delivery past the end of the
month. Foreign Miniser MacKay gave the letter addressed to
the U.S. to Secretary Rice on July 6.

2. Canadian officials continue to believe their request for
membership will receive support from all current partners and
hope that the Policy and Implementation Committee will
endorse Canada's request at its meeting in Tokyo later this
month. This would set the stage for Canada's admission to
the Partnership at the upcoming ministerial meeting in New
Delhi.

Visit our shared North American Partnership blog (Canada & Mexico) at
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap

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