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Cablegate: Namibia and Unscr Travel Bans On Iranians

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWD #0127 1291438
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 081438Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9878
INFO RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0059
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 0013

UNCLAS WINDHOEK 000127

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF AND ISN/RA (Mongiello and Nephew)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP PREL MNUC PARM NPT IAEA WA
SUBJECT: NAMIBIA AND UNSCR TRAVEL BANS ON IRANIANS

REF: (A) STATE 34974, (B) STATE 21770

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED

1. (SBU) Poloff discussed the issue of UNSCR-imposed travel bans on
designated Iranian officials (reftels) with MFA Multilateral Affairs
Officer Nada Kreuger on May 7, 2008. Kreuger explained that Namibia
had hosted a team from the UN Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions
Committee (1267 Committee) in late 2006/early 2007 to review the
GRN's mechanisms for screening individuals subject to travel
restrictions. Since that visit, said Kreuger, the GRN has improved
its systems for updating its immigration lists to include
individuals on UN sanctions lists.

2. (SBU) Kreuger said that the MFA shared all the UN sanctions
lists with relevant GRN ministries involved in immigration and law
enforcement. Asked what the GRN would do if one of the 40 Iranian
individuals subject to travel restrictions under UNSCRs 1737, 1747,
and 1803 attempted to travel to Namibia, she believed that any of
them would be denied entry - in other words, a de facto travel ban.


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