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Cablegate: King Ratifies Two Counterterrorism Conventions

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UNCLAS MANAMA 000939

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR S/CT, IO/UNP, INL/AAE, L/T, NEA/ARP, AND NEA/RA
DEPT PASS NSC FOR NICK RASMUSSEN
JUSTICE FOR JIM REYNOLDS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PREL BA
SUBJECT: KING RATIFIES TWO COUNTERTERRORISM CONVENTIONS

REF: MANAMA 802

1. This is an action message, please refer to para 4.

2. On June 3, the English language daily "Bahrain Tribune"
published the announcement of King Hamad's ratification of
the International Convention For The Suppression Of The
Financing Of Terrorism and the International Convention For
The Suppression of Terrorist Bombings. The Foreign Ministry
advised in April (reftel) that the instruments of
ratification would be deposited in New York in September
during the next U.N. General Assembly.

3. BEGIN TEXT OF ARTICLE:

Law No. 8 for 2004 ratifies Bahrain's membership in the 1999
U.N. agreement to Prevent and Suppress financing terrorism
and criminalize the willful provision of funds for such acts.
Bahrain signed the agreement on November 14, 2001 at the
U.N. headquarters in New York with reservations on the
following articles and clauses:

A. Bahrain dos not consider itself bound to rules of clause
no. 1 of Article no. 24.
B. Bahrain does not consider the following agreements within
the stated addition to regulation A, clause 1 of Artilce 2 of
the agreement which is as follows:

1. Refrain from providing any form of support, active or
passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts,
including diplomatic employees, under the agreement signed on
December 14, 1973.
2. The interntional agreement against taking hostages signed
on December 17, 1979.
3. the agreement on physical protection of nuclear substances
signed on December 17, 1979.
4. The agreement on combating illegal actions against the
safety of marine movement signed on March 10, 1988.
5. The protocol on combating illegal actions against the
safety of stationary posts along the continental boundaries
signed in Rome on March 10, 1988.
6. The international agreement on combating terrorist attacks
by the use of bombs which the U.N. General Assembly ratified
on December 15, 1977.

These reservations will not be valid regarding any agreement
in case of Bahrain's memberships to it in the future.

HM the King issued Law no. 9 for 2004 related to Bahrain's
membership in teh international agreement on combating
terrorist attacks by the use of bombs that the U.N. General
Assembly ratified on December 15, 1997, with the reservation:
Bahrain does not consider itself compelled to clause 1 of
Article 20 of the agreement.

END TEXT.

4. COMMENT AND ACTION REQUEST: Obtaining National Assembly
assent to ratify these two conventions was not easy for the
GOB, but they achieved it despite hash criticism from some
parliamentarians. Post would appreciate Department's expert
opinon on the significance of Bahrain's reservations to the
two treaties and guidance on whether we should weigh in with
the GOB on removing the reservations in the future. END
COMMENT AND ACTION REQUEST.
WILLIAMSON

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