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Cablegate: Invitation to Gsa to Attend Gnep Steering Committee Meeting

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P R 271708Z NOV 07
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY 5890
INFO RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 2243

UNCLAS STATE 160560

SIPDIS

SIPDIS, UNVIE IAEA FOR ASTARZ

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG TRGY KNNP IAEA SF
SUBJECT: INVITATION TO GSA TO ATTEND GNEP STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
IN VIENNA IN DECEMBER

REF: PRETORIA 3674

1. THIS IS AN ACTION REQUEST FOR EMBASSY OFFICERS TO DELIVER TALKING
POINTS (PARAGRAPH 3 BELOW) INVITING GSA OFFICIALS TO PARTICIPATE AS
OBSERVERS during the first meeting of the Steering Group for the
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) in Vienna, Austria, from 11
to 13 December 2007. Request that Embassy Officers draw upon the
following talking points during a meeting with DME officials,
preferably with Tseliso Maqubela, Chief Director of Nuclear Affairs.
Points may be left as a non-paper.

2. BEGIN TALKING POINTS

U.S. GNEP representative, Ed McGinnis, has been attempting to make
contact with the point of contact (Tseliso Maqubela) that South
Africa identified during our last bilateral discussion with
Ambassador Abdul Minty in Vienna, Austria, during the IAEA General
Conference. However, to date, Mr. McGinnis has been unsuccessful in
making contact.

We would like to extend an invitation to South Africa to send
representatives as observers to the first meeting of the GNEP
Steering Group in Vienna, Austria, from 11 to 13 December.

We believe that South Africa would be a strong and valued addition to
the group of 17 nations that have already become full Partners of
GNEP.

If you are able to attend the GNEP Steering Group meeting, we believe
that it would be worthwhile to hold at a bilateral side meeting with
the South African attendees to discuss the important issues related
to GNEP that you have raised.

For example, South Africa has expressed concern that signing the GNEP
SOP might limit your freedom of action. However, the SOP says that
states participating in GNEP would not give up any rights.

South Africa has also expressed concern that the SOP singles out
"proliferation resistance" as a goal only for nuclear power reactors
for developing countries. However, the Generation IV International
Forum (GIF) has already made proliferation resistance a goal for all
advanced nuclear power reactors. By referencing GIF, the SOP
incorporates this goal and does not single out developing countries.

The USG hopes that South Africa is able to accept this invitation, so
that you may be fully informed about the proposed future activities
of GNEP and so that we will have a chance to directly address South
African concerns.

END TALKING POINTS
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