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Cablegate: New Zealand Endorses U.S. Icao Council Candidacy

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000829

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/T-FOSTRANDER, IO/UNP-SBROCK AND EAP/ANP-
TRAMSEY
MONTREAL FOR USICAO

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: EAIR AORC PREL NZ ICAO ICJ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND ENDORSES U.S. ICAO COUNCIL CANDIDACY

REF: (A) STATE 167450; (B) STATE 129597

1. In response to ref B demarche, the New Zealand government
has decided to support the United States' re-election as a
Category 1 country to the Council of the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO).

2. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
(MFAT) advised post of its decision in a September 23
diplomatic note. Post had delivered the demarche June 14 to
MFAT and the Ministry of Transport.

3. In the dipnote, MFAT also highlighted the candidature of
Sir Kenneth Keith for the International Court of Justice at
elections scheduled to take place in October 2005. The note
said, "The New Zealand Government attaches great importance
to this candidature and looks forward to receiving advice
from the United States regarding support for Sir Kenneth
Keith's ICJ candidature." As noted in ref A, the Secretary
responded to a June 16 letter from New Zealand Foreign
Minister Goff seeking support for Sir Kenneth's candidacy by
saying that the United States would give careful
consideration to his qualifications before the election.

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