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Cablegate: Spanish Views On Wipo General Election For

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INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0885

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STATE FOR IO/T LLUFTIG, EEB/IPE JEURBAN AND USMISSION
GENIEVA FOR LCARLE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC WIPO KIPR ETRD PREL SP
SUBJECT: SPANISH VIEWS ON WIPO GENERAL ELECTION FOR
DIRECTOR GENERAL

REF: STATE 47559

1. (SBU) Summary: Spain wants to see a technically qualified
candidate lead the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO). In the end, largely because of the controversy
surrounding Kamil Idris' early departure, Spain does not
think it will be possible for a candidate from an
industrialized country to win enough votes to become Director
General. There will be no consensus EU candidate. End
Summary

2. (SBU) In Spain, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has
the lead on UN agency candidate selection decisions. With
respect to the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO), the Spanish Ministry of Culture, which occasionally
sends a representative to WIPO meetings, also has a certain
amount of influence on Spanish policy. The Culture
Ministry's Subdirector General for Intellectual Property,
Pedro Colmenares, told EconOff on May 8 that Spain thought
that Mexico's Jorge Amigo would make a good candidate.
However, Colmenares suggested that EconOff go to the MFA for
a more definitive Spanish position.

3. (SBU) EconOff spoke on May 12 with MFA Subdirector for
International Economic Organizations, Enrique Yturriaga
Saldanha. Yturriaga told EconOff that there will be no
common EU position at the upcoming May 14 WIPO meeting
because of the 15 candidates, four are from the EU.
Yturriaga said that Spain would have no objection to Amigo,
but that Amigo's candidacy might be fatally flawed because he
did not have the full support of the regional group that
Mexico belongs to given Brazil's "strong" candidate. The
Kenyan candidate might be a good option because he was
technically qualified and might assuage African sensibilities
over Idris' early departure. From Spain's perspective, the
Australian candidate was also a good possibility.

4. (SBU) Comment: According to Colmenares, there will likely
be several rounds of voting. Besides getting a qualified
candidate for the position, Spain is also keen to increase
its representation in WIPO so that will likely also be a
factor in Spanish decisionmaking.
Llorens

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