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Cablegate: (S) Terrorist Finance:Uk Supports Usg Submission

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STATE FOR EEB/ESC/TFS JAY JALLORINA, NEA/I-ECON,
TREASURY FOR OFAC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/03/2017
TAGS: EFIN FI IZ JO KTFN PREL PTER SA UK UNSC
SUBJECT: (S) TERRORIST FINANCE:UK SUPPORTS USG SUBMISSION
BUT QUESTIONS CO-SPONSORSHIP

REF: SECSTATE 104666

Classified By: A/EMIN S E Clark for reasons 1.4 B/D

1. (S) Econoff delivered reftel demarche and non-paper July
31, 2007 to Clive Hughes, Desk Officer Multilateral and
Strategic Allies Section Counter Terrorism Policy Department
at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Hughes said
the UK favors co-sponsoring U.S. submissions to the UN 1518
and 1267 committees and will respond promptly to the request.
He noted however the UK is changing its policy on 1267
exemption requests in response to UK legal review (details
below) and this might affect the US request for a co-sponsor.

2. (S) Regarding 1267 exemption requests, the UK has in the
past taken the position that opposition by a single Committee
member constitutes a negative decision by the Committee and
the UK puts a hold on the exemption request. He said that a
UK legal review suggested that a negative decision can only
be taken by the Committee as a whole and opposition by a
single member is not a sufficient basis for the UK putting a
hold on a request. He said the matter is about to be taken
to a UK court by a UK-based person, and the FCO wants to
avoid having UN procedures dragged through domestic UK
courts. He said the Committee itself is split over whether a
single member's opposition constitutes a negative decision,
and the wording of UN Resolution 1267 is unclear on the
matter. The UK is discussing the matter with the Committee
members and believes the Chinese and Russians will not be
pleased by the change in UK policy. Hughes was vague about
what the UK's new policy on exemption requests will be, but
indicated the policy is changing. While co-sponsoring the
additional U.S. submissions is unrelated to the change in
policy on exemption requests, Hughes wanted the U.S. to be
aware of the Russian and Chinese displeasure with the UK over
its exemption request policy as this displeasure could spill
over to the designation requests the U.S. is asking the UK to
co-sponsor.

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