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Cablegate: Spain Will Likely Support U.S. Methyl Bromide

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191207Z Nov 04

UNCLAS MADRID 004431

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR OES/ENV (JULIE GOURLEY AND JOHN THOMPSON)
AND EUR/WE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV AORC EAGR ETRD PREL SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN WILL LIKELY SUPPORT U.S. METHYL BROMIDE
CRITICAL USE EXEMPTION REQUEST

REF: STATE 245175

ESTHOFF made reftel points November 19 to MFA Environmental
Affairs Office Director Teresa Molina Schmid, underscoring
our concerns about the arbitrary methods the Montreal
Protocol's technical body employed in responding to our 2006
Methyl Bromide Critical Use Exemption (CUE) submission, and
requesting GOS support for our original 2006 CUE at the
November 22-26 Prague meeting of the parties to the Protocol.
Molina said that Spain would likely support the original
U.S. 2006 CUE, as Madrid was also disappointed with the
response it had received to its own CUE request. She noted
that Spanish strawberry growers had encountered problems in
finding effective substitutes to Methyl Bromide. This had
led to Madrid's CUE request and Spanish sympathy for other
countries facing a similar problem. Molina said she would
fax our points to the Spanish delegation, which had already
left for Prague. She called ESTHOFF back later November 19
to confirm that our talking points and nonpaper had reached
the Spanish delegation in the Czech capital.
ARGYROS

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