Cablegate: Mozambique Response to U.S. Initiatives for The
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UNCLAS MAPUTO 000975
STATE FOR AF/S
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL ECON PHUM KDEM MZ UNGA
SUBJECT: MOZAMBIQUE RESPONSE TO U.S. INITIATIVES FOR THE
59TH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REF: STATE 152009
1. (SBU) Econ/poloff delivered reftel demarche in a meeting
with Farouk Faquira, Chief of the United Nations Department,
Office of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on Tuesday, July 20. Faquira appreciated the
presentation of U.S. initiatives prior to the opening of the
59th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September. At the same
time, he stated that Mozambique is preparing its initiatives
for the UNGA and they are simliar to those initiatives
espoused by the U.S., specifically in terms of advancing
economic freedom and promoting democracy. Additionally,
Faquira noted that Mozambique is becoming more active in the
area of trafficking in persons. The GRM is acutely aware of
its vunerability to such illegal activity due to weak border
patrol on land, sharing borders with six other nations, and
on the 1600-km unprotected coastline. The GRM would like to
embark upon an in-depth study on trafficking in persons and
how Mozambique, in particular, is vunerable in this regard.
On the issue of human cloning, Faquira assured econ/poloff
that the GRM would not block a U.S. initiative to vote
against a partial ban. He admitted that Mozambique does not
have the technology or the knowledge to analyze the potential
affects of cloning. Without this know-how, the GRM would
rather take a stance to vote against cloning regardless of
the purpose. Finally, Faquira noted that the GRM was also
reviewing options to reduce the number of Middle East
resolutions present in the UNGA.
2. (SBU) Providing thoughtful responses and acknowledging
upcoming U.S. UN initiatives, Faquira indicated that the GRM
will soon complete a list of their own 59th UNGA initiatives.
Post will maintain contact with the MFA on this and seek to
receive and transmit initiatives at the soonest opportunity.