Cablegate: Unesco: Egypt Requests U.S. Support for Its
UNCLAS CAIRO 003793
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV EG UNGA UNESCO
SUBJECT: UNESCO: EGYPT REQUESTS U.S. SUPPORT FOR ITS
CANDIDACY TO THE UNESCO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
REF: CAIRO 3780
1. While delivering a demarche May 12 seeking Egyptian
support for a U.S. candidacy to the International Court of
Justice (reftel), MFA Office of Specialized Agencies Second
Secretary Sohad Sabry requested from poloff an official reply
to Egypt's request for U.S. support of its candidacy for a
seat on UNESCO's Executive Council. Poloff requested the MFA
to provide a diplomatic note on the subject, which post has
translated from Arabic below.
2. Begin Text:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Assistant Minister for International Political
Relations and Disarmament
March 27, 2005
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs - the Deputy Assistant
Minister for International Political Relations and
Disarmament - gives its best regards to the American Embassy
in Cairo and informs it that Egypt has submitted its
nomination to run again for membership of the UNESCO
Executive Council for the period 2005-2009. UNESCO
membership elections will take place during the 33rd session
of the General Conference scheduled for October 3-21, 2005.
Egypt was among UNESCO,s 37 founding countries in 1945 and
one of the first 20 countries that signed its charter that
was implemented on November 4, 1946. The unique identity and
diversity of Egyptian culture helped Egypt play a positive
and constructive role in directing the activities of the
organization by way of its membership on the Executive
Council, enabling Egypt to maintain its membership since the
establishment of UNESCO with the exception of only one period.
In light of Egypt,s efforts to maintain good cooperation and
relations among the member states with the aim of energizing
the organization,s activities and programs related to the
culture of peace, dialogue, and harmony among cultures and
civilizations, we therefore look forward to your
government,s support for Egypt's nomination for membership
on the Council.
Formal diplomatic closing.
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