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Cablegate: Kingdom of Morocco Formally Accepts and Endorses

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FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8601
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UNCLAS RABAT 000463

SIPDIS

FOR T: UNDERSECRETARY ROOD, ALSO FOR NEA/MAG, ISN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MNUC PARM PHSA PREL KNNP MO
SUBJECT: KINGDOM OF MOROCCO FORMALLY ACCEPTS AND ENDORSES
PSI

REF: A. A. STATE 28996
B. B. RABAT 314
C. C. STATE 49237

(U) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note
(461) to the Embassy May 20 conveying Government of Morocco
acceptance of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and
support for the PSI Statement of Principles. The note, dated
19 May 2008, was scanned and emailed to ISN and copied to
Desk. It appears to meet the criteria laid out reftels.
Moroccan officials are making preparations to attend the PSI
meetings in Washington later this month. This complements
Morocco's active role in the Global Initiative against
Nuclear Terrorism. Embassy's unofficial translation of the
note follows:

Begin text:

Kingdom of Morocco
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
The Secretary General
(Note Number) 00461

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation presents its
compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America in
Rabat, and has the honor of bringing to its attention the
knowledge that the Kingdom of Morocco favorably welcomes and
completely approves the Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) and the Statement of Interdiction Principles of 4
September 2003.

The Kingdom of Morocco endorses the founding principles of
the PSI and will participate, as much as possible, in future
activities linked to this initiative.

This approval signifies the constant commitment of the
Kingdom of Morocco to work toward disarmament and the
prevention of the proliferation of Weapons of Mass
Destruction (WMD), their means of delivery and related
material, and within the framework of its international
commitments in matters of international disarmament.

The Kingdom of Morocco, which shares the concerns of the
international community about the proliferation of WMD, has
acceded to all conventions and other international legal
instruments regarding their proliferation. In this effort,
putting to work United Nations Security Council Resolution
1540 regarding the nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass
Destruction and supports all voluntary multilateral
initiatives.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation avails itself
of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United
States of America in Rabat the assurances of its highest
consideration.

Rabat, 19 May 2008

End Text.

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Riley

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