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Cablegate: Usunesco: Uk Rep Reports Plans That Ec Adopt

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051716Z Dec 05

UNCLAS PARIS 008245

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

FROM USMISSION UNESCO PARIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SCUL ETRD CJAN UNESCO
SUBJECT: USUNESCO: UK REP REPORTS PLANS THAT EC ADOPT
CULTURAL DIVERSITY CONVENTION IN MAY 2006


1. (U) UK UNESCO DCM Christine Atkinson informed DCM Koss
30 November about plans whereby the European Council would
adopt the Cultural Diversity Convention in May 2006, with
EU Member State ratifications to follow. She gave the
specifics:

--November - December 2005: European Commission internal
consultations on a proposal for a Council Decision on the
Cultural Diversity Convention.
--Mid December 2005: European Commission adopts the proposal
for a Council decision, with the text to be circulated to EU
Member States.
--19 January 2006: Proposal is discussed by the Cultural
Affairs Committee (CAC) of the Council.
--May 2006: Anticipated adoption of the Decision by the
Council.

Polish Amb. Maria Wodzynska-Walicka confirmed these plans in
a later 30 November conversation with poloff.

2. (SBU) Atkinson noted that the EC's adoption would likely
be cited by the Convention's proponents as a reason for
national legislatures to ratify the Convention. She
estimated that national legislators would find this a
persuasive argument. She also added that in the UK, once
the government tables the Convention there is likely to be
little debate.

OLIVER

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