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Cablegate: Nominating Regional Ivp Candidates in Support Of

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RR RUEHAP RUEHPB
DE RUEHWL #0461 1670320
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 160320Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2904
INFO RUEHAP/AMEMBASSY APIA 0220
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 4451
RUEHPB/AMEMBASSY PORT MORESBY 0576
RUEHSV/AMEMBASSY SUVA 0478
RUEHDN/AMCONSUL SYDNEY 0445

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000461

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/FO, EAP/ANP, EAP/PD, ECA/PE/VRF,
IIP/G/EA, R

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OEXC SCUL KPAO NZ XV
SUBJECT: NOMINATING REGIONAL IVP CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT OF
SHARED OBJECTIVES IN THE PACIFIC


1. (SBU) A recent sub-PCC in Washington explored ways to
enhance USG work in the Pacific Islands. U.S. influence in
the Pacific is greatly constrained by a lack of public
diplomacy resources, including very limited exchange
opportunities. U.S. policies on global terrorism, good
governance, the development of democratic institutions,
climate change, and trade and economic development are often
poorly understood, especially by mid-level officials who have
had little exposure to the U.S. Yet the region's nations
have twelve votes in the UNGA and in other important fora.

2. (SBU) Embassies Wellington, Canberra, Apia, Port Moresby
and Suva believe that our outreach to the region would be
greatly enhanced if the Department were to allocate more U.S.
International Visitor program slots to our posts. Embassies
Canberra and Wellington would devote the new slots to
programs for host government officials, NGOs, and academics
who work on Pacific Island issues. This would enhance their
capabilities as well as increase our partnership with
Australia and New Zealand in the PICs. For Suva and Port
Moresby, which normally receive only 2 IV slots between them,
the additional candidates would be drawn from future leaders
and other candidates best able to help foster
democratization, the rule of law, fiscal responsibility,
environmental policies and economic development in Fiji, PNG,
Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and other PICs.

3. (SBU) ECA should also consider designing a Regional
Program (RP) for PIC participants. While there is certainly
great diversity among the needs of Pacific Island countries
(which in turn affects these countries' bilateral
relationship with the U.S.), they have many issues in common.
Examples include capacity problems due to acute population
pressures, lack of good governance tools and structures,
disproportionate exposure to natural disasters and disease,
and fragile economic structures relying on a very limited
supply and range of endangered natural resources (principally
fisheries). Regional Programs could introduce up and coming
leaders in the PICs to U.S. approaches to these critical
problems. Regionally-oriented programs would enhance
cooperation with the U.S. and Australian and New Zealand
participants in the program and help focus cooperation among
the PICs on areas especially important to the United States.

4. (U) We see these proposals as a first step to an enhanced,
cooperative program of "Transformational Diplomacy in the
Pacific Islands." Posts will offer further ideas in future
reporting on how we may better reach this overall goal.

5. (U) Embassies Canberra, Port Moresby, and Suva have
participated in the drafting of this cable.
McCormick

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