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Cablegate: Iom Dg Candidate Ambassador Bill Swing:

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P 041235Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3256
INFO RUEHJL/AMEMBASSY BANJUL PRIORITY 0379
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS PRIORITY 6730
RUEHDK/AMEMBASSY DAKAR PRIORITY 1494
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE PRIORITY 0060
RUEHFN/AMEMBASSY FREETOWN PRIORITY 0508
RUEHPC/AMEMBASSY LOME PRIORITY 1084
RUEHMV/AMEMBASSY MONROVIA PRIORITY 7356
RUEHBH/AMEMBASSY NASSAU PRIORITY 0086
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 1521
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 2909

UNCLAS PARIS 001070

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TAGS: AORC PREF PREL SMIG FR
SUBJECT: IOM DG CANDIDATE AMBASSADOR BILL SWING:
PARIS-BASED AFRICAN MISSIONS' RESPONSES

REF: STATE 56181

(SBU) In response to reftel, we received the following
responses from Paris-based missions:

-- Gambia: Ambassador Moses Jallow said on May 28 that he
would travel to Geneva for the June 18 election and would
vote for Ambassador Swing. He recalled favorably his recent
meeting in Paris with Ambassador Swing and said "tell
Washington that I will be there and that we will support him
with full force."

-- Guinea-Bissau: At the request of the G-B Embassy in
Paris, we provided on May 28 a non-paper on the IOM election,
drawn from reftel. Our contact said that G-B's foreign
minister would be in Paris over the May 31-June 1 weekend and
that the matter would be referred to the minister. In a
follow-up conversation on June 3, our contact at the G-B
Embassy in Paris said that he did refer the matter to his
minister during the latter's transit through Paris the
previous weekend (the minister was returning from the TICAD
meeting in Tokyo). Our contact said that the minister told
him that the matter would be referred to G-B's UN PermRep,
who handles all matters involving international
organizations. Our contact could not say how the UN PermRep
would coordinate voting in Geneva nor whether G-B would
support Ambassador Swing. He was quite effusive, however, in
expressing G-B's desire to be helpful on this issue.

-- Liberia: After several exchanges, our contact at the
Liberian Embassy in Paris told us on June 3 that Liberia's
Ambassador to France would attend the meeting and would vote.
When asked, our contact declined to say for whom Liberia
would vote, remarking that her Ambassador would receive his
instructions from Monrovia, that she would not necessarily be
privy to those instructions, and therefore was not in a
position to say how Liberia would vote.

-- Togo: Kokou Kpayedo, who handles IO issues at Togo's
Embassy in Paris, told us on May 30 that his mission had not
received any instructions either on how Togo would vote or on
whether someone from his mission would travel to Geneva to
represent Togo at the election. He expected that someone
from Togo would go to Geneva, but said that his Embassy could
receive instructions "at the last minute."

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm

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