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Cablegate: Nigeria: Iom Candidate Demarche Delivered

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P 051301Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY ABUJA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3025
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0139
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RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUZEJAA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK

UNCLAS ABUJA 001038

SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF, AF/W, INR/AA, PRM FOR MAURA NICHOLSON
DOE FOR GEORGE PERSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF PREL SMIG AORC NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: IOM CANDIDATE DEMARCHE DELIVERED

REF: A. STATE 54561
B. 07 ABUJA 111
C. 07 STATE 93916

1. (U) Poloff delivered reftel A demarche to the office of
Mr. Charles Onianwa, Director of the Northern and Central
American Division at Nigeria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
after having difficulty contacting anyone in the
International Organizations Division. Poloff previously
spoke to Mr. Onianwa about Ambassador Swing's candidacy for
Director General of the International Organization for
Migration (ref B) and he said he would do his best to get the
additional information to the appropriate people.

2. (U) In a follow up conversation, Mr. Onianwa informed
Poloff that he passed the demarche on to Mr. A.A. Sekudo,
Director of the International Organizations Division, who
would pass the information up to the Foreign Minister. At
this time, neither Mr. Onianwa, nor Mr. Sekudo would confirm
support for Ambassador Swing or knew what, if any,
instructions had been sent to their colleagues in Geneva. In
the weeks leading up to the June 18 vote, post will continue
efforts to gather more concrete information.
SANDERS

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