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Cablegate: Imo Response to Fy 2008 Pedophilia Certification

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DE RUEHLO #0897 0881301
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 281301Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY LONDON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8057
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1146

UNCLAS LONDON 000897

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

FOR IO/RHS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC PHUM SOCI UK
SUBJECT: IMO RESPONSE TO FY 2008 PEDOPHILIA CERTIFICATION

REF: SECSTATE 27762

1. In response to reftel, Post requested a Pedophilia
certification from the International Maritime Organization
(IMO). On March 28, 2008 ESTOff received the following
letter and a list of NGOs affiliated with the IMO from
Rozalie Balkin, Director of Legal Affairs and External
Relations Division at the IMO.

(begin text)
NGOs affiliated with the UN - Section 102(G) Paedophilia
Certification

With reference to your letter of 18 March 2008 on the above
subject, I accordingly certify that the International
Maritime Organization does not knowingly grant any official
status, accreditation, or recognition to any organization
which promotes and condones, or seeks the legalization of
paedophilia, or which includes as a susidiary or member any
such organization.
(end text)

2. Post reviewed the 69 non-governmental organizations which
have been granted consultative status with the International
Maritime Organization (IMO). This list is current as of
November 2007.A review of the list of NGOs affiliated with
the IMO showed the same organizations which were listed in
the review last year with five new organizations. Post has
reviewed IMO documents C98/WP.1 of 27 June 2007 and MSC
83/23/1 of 5 July 2007 which thoroughly review the
applications of the International Association of Maritime
Universities (IAMU), International Paint and Printing Ink
Council (IPPIC), the International Transport Workers'
Federation (ITF), the International Fund for Animal Welfare
(IFAW), and the International Spill Control Organization
(ISCO). Embassy staffer examined websites to ascertain that
none of those organization was pro-pedophilia. There is no
indication that any of the NGOs associated with the IMO are
pro-pedophilia.
3. Post concludes that the International Maritime
Organization does not grant any official status,
accreditation, or recogniton to any organization which
promotes and condones or seeks the legalization of pedophilia
or has subsidiaries or member organizations that do.

4. Per reftel request the follow-up Mission contact is Kadri
Sanchez, tel 44-20-7589-0704, email SanchezK@state.gov. Total
amount of time devoted to complying with the request was
approximately 3 hours.

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