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Cablegate: Mozambique: Mda Additional Geneva Protocol

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 171415Z NOV 05
FM AMEMBASSY MAPUTO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4654
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0048
INFO RUCNISL/ISLAMIC COLLECTIVE
RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0765

UNCLAS MAPUTO 001521

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STATE AF/S - HTREGER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC ICRC PHUM PREL IS MZ
SUBJECT: MOZAMBIQUE: MDA ADDITIONAL GENEVA PROTOCOL
DEMARCHE RESPONSE

REF: A. STATE 206948
B. MAPUTO 01060

1. On November 17 poloff delivered ref A talking points to
Faruque Faquira, Head of Department, Directorate for
International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Faquira said the GRM had recently received
the Swiss Government's note on this issue and indicated that
Mozambique's position of supporting a diplomatic conference
had not changed (ref B). Faquira, however, was unable to
confirm whether the GRM would support the adoption of a Third
Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, though he
implied that Mozambique did support the universality of the
Red Cross/Red Cresent Movement. Faquira promised to relay
the USG message to his counterpart in Geneva.

2. Despite Mozambique's apparent support for the conference
and perhaps even the Protocol itself, it is highly unlikely
that the GRM will take an active role at the upcoming
conference. The GRM has openly admitted that it does not
have sufficient staff to focus on this issue at present. End
Comment.
Dudley

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