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Cablegate: Somalia and Piracy: New Zealand Response

VZCZCXYZ0007
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWL #0076 0591833
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 281833Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5105
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0122
RUEKJCS/OSD WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L WELLINGTON 000076

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/ANP, AF/E, AF/RSA, IO/UNP, EEB/TRA/OTP,
OES/OA, L/OES

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/2018
TAGS: PREL PBTS KCRM EWWT NZ
SUBJECT: SOMALIA AND PIRACY: NEW ZEALAND RESPONSE

REF: STATE 18101

Classified By: A/DCM Margaret McKean; Reason: 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (C) On February 28, Andrew Robinson, a Middle East and
Africa policy officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade (MFAT) contacted the Embassy to report on his
initial feedback from the Ministry of Defense regarding
possible GNZ assistance on addressing piracy off the Somalian
coast. Robinson contacted Lt. Colonel Justin Emerson in the
MOD's legal division, who indicated that the GNZ would be
interested in maintaining a dialogue with the USG on the
types of specific requirements that might be requested from
the UN. Robinson indicated that the GNZ was aware of the
UNSC discussion surrounding Somalia. The New Zealand Navy,
he continued, has specialized skills in addressing
piracy/maritime thuggery, such as nighttime boarding of
suspect vessels. He also noted that the New Zealand Navy
will be sending a frigate to the Gulf region in June. While
not making any commitments at this stage, Robinson said that
the MOD will continue to explore and discuss how New Zealand
might assist in addressing this issue, and asked that the GNZ
be kept in the information loop.
MCCORMICK

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