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TAGS: PARM CDG PREL UNGA JA
SUBJECT: Demarche Delivered: Draft Compliance Resolution on
Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

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1. (U) Please see action request contained in paragraph 5.

2. (SBU) Econ officer delivered demarche in ref to Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Arms Control and Disarmament Deputy Director
Shigeru Umetsu September 30. Umetsu said he did not see any
problems with the draft compliance resolution on nonproliferation,
arms control, and disarmament to be introduced at the upcoming UNGA
First Committee. Umetsu, who had recieved a draft from the Japanese
Embassy in Washington prior to the meeting, commented that he
believed the draft was improved from the previous resolution and
said that MOFA was looking at it positively.

3. (SBU) Umetsu said that he had yet to coordinate a formal
government response, but he would begin doing so. Umetsu noted that
Russia had abstained from voting on the 2005 resolution, and he
wanted to know why they had done so.

4. (SBU) On 3 October, Umetsu emailed econ officer that the GOJ
would be able to co-sponsor the resolution on the assumption that
the text would be finalized without large substantive changes. He
also asked to be informed of any revisions made during coordination
with other countries.

5. (SBU) Action Request: Post would appreciate any information on
changes to the draft text, as well as points we might share with
MOFA on why Russia abstained from the previous resolution, and if we
expect them to do so this time as well.

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