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Cablegate: Canadian High-Level Attendance to 61st Unga

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SUBJECT: CANADIAN HIGH-LEVEL ATTENDANCE TO 61ST UNGA

REF: STATE 112656

This message is Sensitive But Unclassified.

1. (SBU) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister
Peter MacKay will attend the 61st UNGA and be present for
some of the General Debate. It is also a possibility that
Josee Verner, Minister for International Cooperation and
Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages Minister
will participate. The composition of the delegation has yet
to be confirmed. Currently, there is no indication that the
Canadians will request any appointments with senior USG
officials, although the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade (DFAIT) is currently working with the
Prime Minister's Office to finalize those decisions.
Director General for International Organizations Ferry de
Kerkhove will accompany the Foreign Minister; Governor
General Michaelle Jean, head of state, is not expected to
attend.

2. (SBU) The Prime Minister is currently scheduled to
arrive in New York on the afternoon of September 20, speak to
the Assembly at noon on September 21 and depart that
afternoon. Current plans do not envision that Mrs. Harper
will accompanying him. Foreign Minister MacKay is expected
to be in New York from September 18 through 23, although
there is a possibility that his stay could be shortened.

3. (SBU) It is likely that four to six opposition Members
of Parliament (MP) will travel with the ministers. When
Parliament is in session (NOTE: Parliament returns on
September 18. END NOTE), it is required that two MPs
accompany each minister who travels. The decisions could,
however, come at the last minute, owing to the fact that the
opposition parties themselves must agree to send their MPs
and identify which ones will go.

4. (U) Post will send additional information as it becomes
available.

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