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Cablegate: 1267 Monitoring Team: Soliciting Support for Draft

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INFO RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
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UNCLAS PARIS 001199

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STATE FOR IO/PSC
TREASURY FOR TFI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KTFN EFIN ETTC PREL PTER UNSC
SUBJECT: 1267 MONITORING TEAM: SOLICITING SUPPORT FOR DRAFT
TEXT UNSCR TO RENEW MANDATE

REF: SECSTATE 66897

1. (SBU) MFA Security and Strategic Affairs bureau took on
board reftel points and text and subsequently informed
Embassy of three points relating to the preamble,
notifications and list reviews, all of which were included in
MFA instructions sent to the French mission to the UN. The
GOF wants to include reference to UNSCR 1817 (June 2008),
relating to trafficking in drug precursors, in the preamble.
The text touches on precursor and drug trafficking by
terrorist organizations and the GOF sees this as a
non-controversial improvement. On notifications (para 19)
our interlocutors noted that, on some level, publication of
the resolution text on the internet constitutes "informing"
and notifying. They think that "decides" is too strong an
obligation with reference to specific, targeted notification,
given the practical impossibility of reliably making direct
contact with some relevant players (e.g., Usama Bin-Laden)and
prefer "calls upon."

2. (SBU) Regarding review/revision of the list, they want to
be more responsive to critics who charge that the
consolidated list is out of date. Instead of annual review
of all entries which have not been updated or reviewed for
four years (para 26), they propose that the annual review
encompass all entries that have not been updated or reviewed
for two/two years. In addition, they propose a comprehensive
review of the entire list every two years. MFA contacts
indicated their UN mission may also raise some pragmatic,
operational issues, of lesser policy interest.
Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Fran ce

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