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Cablegate: Nepal Lacks Funds to Participate in Global

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OO RUEHCI
DE RUEHKT #0024 0080623
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 080623Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7719
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 6221
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 6547
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 1808
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 4571
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 5810
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 2101
RUEHCI/AMCONSUL KOLKATA PRIORITY 3941
RHMFIUU/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 1957
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 3058

UNCLAS KATHMANDU 000024

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR ISN/WMDT (DEXTER INGRAM), T (TIM SATSAPIS), AND
SCA/INS
DHS FOR TOM MCILVAIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EWWT PARM PREL PTER KGIC AU IV EN KG NZ NP
SUBJECT: NEPAL LACKS FUNDS TO PARTICIPATE IN GLOBAL
INITIATIVE ACTIVITIES

REF: A. STATE 169281

B. STATE 168633

Nepal Will Not Send Delegate to Workshop
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1. On January 3, Emboff informed Mani Bhattarai, Section
Officer for UN and International Organizations at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), of the postponement of the
detection architecture model guidelines workshop (Ref A) and
the entry of four additional partner nations into the Global
Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (Ref B). Bhattarai
asked how many countries were now part of the Global
Initiative and whether the United States would provide
funding for partner nation travel to the workshop. Bhattarai
said the government of Nepal (GON) did not have the money to
send anyone to the workshop, but perhaps resources for
similar events would be allocated in the fiscal year
beginning in July 2008. The Section Officer also commented
that his government would have been unlikely to participate
because the new event date was too close to Nepal's planned
Constituent Assembly election in April.

Comment
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2. Bhattarai told Emboff the GON had yet to select a Global
Initiative point of contact, and Emboff could continue to
deliver updates to him. Post does not expect the host
government to designate a technical expert any time soon,
should one exist. The MFA has been receptive to receiving
information about the Global Initiative, but it is clearly a
low priority.
POWELL

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