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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered: Unsc Resolution On Somali

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DE RUEHMO #1280 1281331
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 071331Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7944
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0423

UNCLAS MOSCOW 001280

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM PHSA EWWT KCRM UNSC SO XW RS
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED: UNSC RESOLUTION ON SOMALI
PIRACY

REF: STATE 47531

We delivered reftel demarche to MFA Senior Counselor for
International Organizations Petr Ilichev on May 6. Ilichev
said that the GOR supported UNSC action to assist in the
fight against piracy in Somali waters and would support the
proposed UNSC resolution with certain changes:

-- Paragraph 6: The GOR is concerned that the reference to
"States cooperating" with the Transitional Federal Government
of Somalia is overly broad and could be used by any country
to justify entering Somali waters.

-- Paragraph 6b: The GOR suggests adding language that would
make those "boarding, searching and seizing vessels" liable
for the safety of the crew and cargo on those vessels.
Language similar to that used in UNSCR 1803 on Iran would
suffice.

-- Paragraph 12: The GOR will propose striking the
"possibility of extending the measures provided by the
present resolution to other areas affected by piracy."
BURNS

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