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R 281431Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
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UNCLAS RABAT 000085

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER KGIC PARMS PREL AU MO
SUBJECT: MOROCCO INVITES OBSERVERS TO GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR
COMBATING NUCLEAR TERRORISM CONFERENCE

REF: RABAT 00056

1. (U) Summary and Action Request: The Moroccan MFA has
agreed to invite observers to the Global Initiative for
Combating Nuclear Terrorism Conference (reftel) and has begun
to send out invitations. Embassy recommends Department to
encourage info addressees from invitee countries to
follow-up, possibly in coordination with Russian and Moroccan
counterparts.

2. (U) At COB on January 25, Moroccan MFA Head of United
Nations Division Azzedine Farhane informed the Embassy that
the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) had begun
sending out invitations for the Global Initiative for
Combating Nuclear Terrorism (GI) Conference (i.e.,
"Responding to Malicious Acts Involving Radioactive
Materials"), being hosted in Rabat February 5-7, 2008, to the
below list of non-GI member countries to come as observers to
the conference.

3. (U) While all GI-member states received invitations to
the conference in early to mid-January, the two co-hosts of
the GI (i.e., U.S. and Russia) encouraged Morocco (via reftel
joint demarche) to invite a number of non-GI member states to
the conference as observers in the hopes of encouraging them
to become full members of the GI. The list of observer
invitees contained the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain,
Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Mali, Niger, Oman, Saudi Arabia,
Senegal, Tunisia, and UAE.

4. (U) The Moroccan MFA informed us at COB Friday, January
25th, that it had begun sending out invitations to each of
the respective country embassies in Rabat, via fax, and
promised to follow-up with hard-copy invitations to the same
embassies on Monday, February 28th. According to the
Moroccan MFA, it will be incumbent upon each invitee country
embassy in Rabat to inform its government about the
invitation and to pick appropriate individuals to attend.


5. (U) As noted in the US-Russian Demarche, reaching out to
countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and West Africa
reflects both co-chairs' interest in trying to encourage as
many countries as possible to join the GI, already made up of
some 60 participating countries. Toward this end, and to
assist our Moroccan conference hosts, Embassy Rabat
recommends that the Department ask embassies in each of the
invitee capitals to encourage host country participation in
the GI conference, given the short lead time before the
conference begins. Ideally, this could include joint
demarches with Russian and/or Moroccan embassies. The short
time frame, however, may make delivering the message early
more important than awaiting these arrangements.

6. (U) In addition to the formal U.S. delegation, Post
understands that the State Department Coordinator for
Counterterrorism Ambassador Dell Dailey will make a brief
visit to the conference on that afternoon of February 7th,
also to encourage GI membership.


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Jackson

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