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Cablegate: Demarche: Usg Priorities for the Upcoming

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHME #0624 0641242
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 041242Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY MEXICO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0743
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1020
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 0289

UNCLAS MEXICO 000624

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC AU MX SNAR
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE: USG PRIORITIES FOR THE UPCOMING
COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS (CND) MEETING MARCH 10-14

REF: STATE 019274

1. Political counselor spoke with Guillermo Hernandez
Salmeron, Deputy Director General for Global Affairs at SRE,
and David Najera, Coordinator for Special Affairs in the
North America Division, to note USG concerns with Mexican
plans to table a resolution on small arms trafficking at the
upcoming CND meeting in Vienna. Salmeron was out of the
country until March 3, but confirmed today that Mexico plans
to introduce three resolutions in Vienna 1) on precursor
chemicals and illicit synthetic drugs 2) on money laundering
and 3) on small arms. Political Counselor noted USG
concerns with an initiative on small arms that would set the
stage for U.S. - bashing in Vienna and lead to a less than
useful multilateral discussion. Hernandez declined to share
details of any of the three resolutions, but said their
language was general and that the GOM was striving to avoid
finger-pointing. He promised to share drafts with us as
soon as he had final versions approved from his front office
-- possibly March 4. Political Counselor said he would
follow up.

2. On February 29, Political Counselor had raised this with
SRE's North America Sub-secretariat, post's principal SRE
point of contact on Merida Initiative, and stressed that
bilateral engagement on the issue of small arms offered the
most productive avenue for progress. Contact there took our
concerns on board and said his office would engage with
Global Affairs on the small arms resolution. Subsquently,
the Director General for North America Affairs raised with
his counterpart in Global Affairs. NA Affairs contacts
promised to help get us copies of all three resolutions.
Post will follow-up this week.


Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
Partnership Blog at http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap /
GARZA

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